Facebook is not currently in China. But Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is. He met with Baidu CEO Robin Li leading to a plethora of speculation, but, other than to say he is on vacation, there isn’t an official explanation for the visit.
Zuckerberg actually has a deep interest in China having expressed his desire to have Facebook eventually available to Chinese users.
At the moment, the site is blocked in China along with Twitter, YouTube and other high-profile sites with social networking components.
As such, Facebook is denied access to the biggest internet market on the planet, one that could help the social network pass the one billion users mark.
As it stands, the really determined Chinese users can access Facebook, like they can the rest of the Internet via proxies and VPNs, but few go through all the trouble when there are local alternatives.