Facebook Chief Meets With China's Web Leaders
Facebook Inc. Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg met with some of China’s top technology executives on a visit to Beijing this week that was billed as a vacation, fueling speculation about the social-networking site’s ambitions to enter a market where it is blocked by censors.
Mr. Zuckerberg on Wednesday visited the offices of Sina Corp., a leading Chinese Web portal, and met with its CEO, Charles Chao. That followed a meeting Tuesday with Wang Jianzhou, chairman of state-owned telecommunications carrier China Mobile Ltd., and a visit Monday with Robin Li, CEO of Baidu Inc., at the Chinese search company’s headquarters.
The trip appeared to be an effort by the 26-year-old to learn more about the Chinese market, rather than discuss any specific business proposals. But it came as the Facebook founder openly has discussed a desire to get into China, where the government has blocked access to the site since last year.