According to “Bloomberg” (, Chen Guangcheng, the Chinese dissident whose fled to the U.S. in April, says Apple should take a more outspoken role criticizing China for its one-child policy.

Apple, which hires manufacturers to assemble products such as the iPhone and iPad in China, can help stop forced abortions and other coercive population control measures, Chen said in an interview this week. The blind human-rights activist “is betting that Apple’s presence in China and the popularity of its products there will help draw attention to the issue,” notes “Bloomberg.”

“Apple in China should take a very active role,” Chen said. “There’s a huge social responsibility for these international corporations like Apple.”