Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg Meets With Head Of China’s State Council Information Office

Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg took a shot at knocking down the great firewall of China during her visit to the country, meeting with State Council Information Office Director Cai Mingzhao.

Sandberg was in the country to promote the Chinese translation of her book, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, but she apparently took care of some Facebook-related business, as well, as the State Council Information Office website said she was there to discuss the social network’s “important role” in helping Chinese companies expand internationally, according to Bloomberg.

Will Sandberg make any progress toward overturning China’s ban on Facebook, which took effect in 2009? Beijing-based independent technology industry consultant Bill Bishop was skeptical, telling Bloomberg:

I would be very surprised if it means that the position on Facebook has changed. The reality is that to comply with Chinese laws and regulations, they would have to have limited or no contact with the rest of Facebook, so what’s the competitive advantage? I think they’re kind of stuck.

Readers: Do you think China will ever lift its ban on Facebook?

Photo courtesy of State Council Information Office.

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