While Vaughan Smith, Facebook's vice president
of corporate development, told Reuters it was exploring ways to
provide even more support locally, he did not comment on how
soon it plans to be in China.
Facebook currently has a Hong Kong sales office with a staff of
30 to 40 people who deal with advertisers locally and in
mainland China, where its services are blocked. The sales office
would, for the first time, put Facebook employees inside
Bloomberg on Monday reported that Facebook could open an office
in China within a year, citing a person familiar with the
The world's largest social networking company is in talks to
lease space in the Fortune Financial Center in Beijing's central
business district, Bloomberg said.
(Reporting by Mridhula Raghavan in Bangalore and Alexei
Oreskovic in San Francisco; Editing by Richard Chang and Eric
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