A fillip to Facebook's China outlook

Facebook's access to China could be buoyed by an office in Beijing the company is now considering. But it still has a fight against local rivals, which are growing in global influence and may co-operate with the government to try to thwart its efforts.

When it was blocked by China’s censors just after the Xinjiang riots of 2009, Facebook’s fate in the Middle Kingdom seemed sealed. The social network looked like it was never going to get access to the Chinese market – a fact reflected in the new nickname it received from netizens: 非死不可 “fei si bu ke” or “doomed to die”.

But five years after being thrown over the Great Firewall, Facebook is now considering opening a sales office in downtown Beijing, according to Bloomberg News.

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