Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg wants to return to China.
That tidbit comes from a presentation by Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg at the Reuters Global Technology Summit yesterday. She addressed numerous topics relevant to Facebook,
The Thomson Reuters recap of Sandberg’s speech yesterday included the fact that Zuckerberg continues to study Chinese, but that he has yet to schedule an official trip, let alone determine the timing and agenda for such travel.
The news service quoted her saying:
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… Despite what you may have read, Mark and I actually really agree on the importance of China… 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.
Rumors of a possible partnership between Facebook and China’s largest search engine remain unproven. Such chatter first arose after Baidu executives visited the Palo Alto campus in November; additional speculation ticked up in volume at the end of April, yet no one has made any formal announcements yet.
The Chinese government has blocked access to Facebook since 2009, and we’ve yet to see signs of that changing any time soon.
Readers, what direction do you think Facebook might take with respect to China?