In recent years, Apple has been criticised for being lenient with Chinese authorities, not least when the company has chosen to remove VPN apps and podcast apps and games that do not appeal to the one-party state.

Apple's standard response has been that a company has to follow local laws in all countries where it operates. But now it has added further detail to that explanation by publishing a document called Our Commitment to Human Rights.

In the document Apple insists that it protects both human rights and freedom of expression, and that this is something that permeates the company and its products. As part of this philosophy, the company says it chooses to have a dialogue even with parties with whom it does not agree.

"With dialogue, and a belief in the power of engagement, we try to find the solution that best serves our users - their privacy, their ability to express themselves, and their access to reliable information and helpful technology," Apple writes.

In other words, Apple is not going to withdraw from the Chinese market in order to protest against the treatment of dissidents, separatists or minorities.

This article originally appeared on Macworld Sweden. Translation by David Price.