Facebook founder visits Baidu to explore Chinese market

08:33, December 22, 2010      

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Mark Zuckerberg, founder of popular social networking site Facebook, Monday visited Baidu, Inc, the biggest search engine and website in China, during his stay in Beijing, a National Business Daily report said Tuesday.

Zuckerberg had a closed-doors talk with the firm's CEO Robin Li. Guo Yiguang, spokesman of Baidu, said that Zuckerberg shows great interest in the Chinese Internet market and wishes to gain experience from Chinese entrepreneurs and practitioners.

Accompanying Zuckerberg on his visit was Priscilla Chan, his Chinese-American girl friend.

Zuckerberg's visit caught the attention of the whole Chinese Internet industry. Experts believe that Facebook is looking for a chance to land in China, as the country boasts the most promising Internet market.

Hu Yanping, director of the Data Center of China Internet (DCCI), said that Facebook has been trying to directly enter China for years. However, the social network website's openness will encounter some problems in the current market environment of China.

Song An, industry expert of consultant company iResearch.com, said that the purpose of Zuckerberg's trip was to communicate with Chinese industry insiders to have a better understanding of the market.

Facebook became the largest website in the US in mid-March this year. The site registered a .cn domain name in 2007 and launched a Chinese language version in June 2008. However, the site is not available for Chinese mainland users.

In May 2010, Facebook set up a team for the Asian region projects and officials of the company recruited former employees of Google China, which raised even more speculations that Facebook was looking to consolidate in China.

Source: Global Times
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