Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO, is preparing to visit China, trying to find the best way to expand his business in the country which is the home to the world's largest Internet users.
At the Reuters Global Technology Summit on Thursday, Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg said, Our company mission is really clear, which is we want to connect the whole world. And it's impossible to think about connecting the whole world right now without also connecting China.
Although some reports said the two executives had different views about entering China, but Sandberg insists, Mark and I actually really agree on the importance of China.
China has the world's most Internet users, which is attractive for Facebook, but blocked by Chinese government. Last December, Zuckerberg visited China and met with several heads of Chinese Internet companies including Baidu Inc, Sina Corp and Alibaba Corp.
Because of the government’s tight control over online information, China has proven hard to enter for the Western Internet companies. Google partially withdrew from China last year because of a spat over online censorship and cyber attacks.
Yesterday, eight New York residents dissatisfied over Chinese search engine policy of censoring pro-democracy speech, sued Baidu and the Chinese government.
Although the schedule of the trip is uncertain, Zuckerberg is obviously preparing for it, including studying Chinese. Sandberg said, We don't know exactly what he'd do, but certainly engagement is really important. Plus, Mark really likes tech entrepreneurs. He likes meeting with them always, everywhere he goes.