Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg toured the offices of China’s top search engine Monday during a visit that has sparked speculation the social networking magnate is looking for business opportunities in the world’s largest Internet market.
Facebook is blocked on the mainland, but Zuckerberg has expressed a business interest in China and has studied Mandarin.
Photos of Zuckerberg’s visit to Baidu Inc. were quickly posted online.
Kaiser Kuo, Baidu’s director of international communications, told The Associated Press that Zuckerberg had lunch with Baidu CEO Robin Li. He said he didn’t know what they talked about but added that the two had met before.
Zuckerberg, who co-founded Facebook, is traveling with his girlfriend, Priscilla Chan, and no apparent entourage.
“Mark has had a long personal interest in China,” Kuo said.
But Zuckerberg has also hinted that he’s interested in more than that, saying during a speaking engagement in October, “How can you connect the whole world if you leave out 1.6 billion people?”
Very true. Here at Asiance, we have been aware of that for many years! We also stressed the need to learn Mandarin almost 5 years ago!