In his recent visit to China’s capital, Apple CEO Tim Cook went to bike-rental company ofo’s offices on Tuesday, fueling speculation about whether the American technology giant may invest in the Chinese bike-rental startup, our sister site TechNode Chinese is reporting (in Chinese).

Accompanied by ofo CEO Dai Wei, Cook visited the startup’s headquarters in Beijing yesterday morning and tried out a yellow two-wheeler.

Up to this point, Apple has not shown any direct interest in ofo. However, Apple is a major investor in Didi Chuxing (US$ 1 billion in Didi in May 2016) and Didi has invested heavily in ofo starting from their B+ round in Septemeber last year worth US$ tens of millions. The ride-hailing giant also participated in ofo’s US$ 450 million Series D financing this March, led by Moscow-headquartered DST.

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Sheila Yu

Sheila Yu is a Shanghai-based technology writer. She brings readers the biggest news from Chinese language tech media. Reach her at sheila@technode.com.