Apple is reportedly speaking with China Mobile over plans to launch the iPhone in China.

China Mobile CEO Wang Jianzhou, revealed his company is talking with Apple in an attempt to launch the iPhone in China. China is one of the world's largest mobile phone markets, but while talks continue, the ink's nowhere yet dry on the deal.

"Of course, we hope to bring the iPhone to China," Huang Haibo, a China Mobile executive, told the Agence France-Presse news agency. "But for the time being we are only in preliminary contact with Apple, and we have not made any concrete progress yet," he said.

Apple has always confirmed it intends launching its device in the Asian market in 2008, and is currently engaged in discussion with all the major mobile networks in the region.

Apple hopes to sell ten million iPhones by the end of 2008. It has already sold in excess of 1.4 million handsets.