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Facebook Campus Welcomes Chinese Internet Regulators


The top internet regulator in China, Lu Wei may not be as welcoming of Facebook in his home,

but the social network has definitely welcomed him warmly on its campus. According to the

reports and pictures that were posted on a government website in China on Monday, Mr. Lu,

who is the minister of Cyberspace Administration in China, recently went on a tour of the

campuses of Apple Inc., Facebook Inc. and Amazon Inc. Regardless of the status of Facebook

China, which has been blocked in the country since 2009, there were friendly exchanges

between founder of Facebook Inc. Mark Zuckerberg and Lu.

The report said that they greeted each other with broad smiles and spoke in Mandarin.

However, the report did not provide details about the timing and purpose of the visit. A copy of

the book written by Xi Jinping, Chinese president, was noticed by Mr. Lee on Mr. Zuckerberg’s

desk. The founder said that he had purchased the book for his coworkers in order to help them

in learning socialism in light of Chinese characteristics. The pictures on the government also

showed that Lu met Jeff Bezos, Amazon CEO and Tim Cook, Apple’s Chief Executive on this


Mark Zuckerberg has a longstanding vision; he wishes to connect the entire population of the

world. However, China remains the biggest obstacles in the achievement of this vision and the

founder of the biggest social network in the world hasn’t made any secret of his desire to enter

the Chinese market that contains roughly 600 million internet users. It was in 2013 that Lu took

up his current government role after giving up his position of a propaganda chief in Beijing. He

has constantly defended the internet censorship in China, claiming that this is their way of

protecting the domestic stability of the country.

In October, Mr. Lu told reporters that their country is very hospitable, but they want to choose

who comes into their home. He said that they couldn’t allow companies to come into the country

for making money while they inflicted harm on it. He further asserted that he didn’t mean that

Facebook couldn’t come into China, but he also didn’t agree to it. Mr. Lu is prone to making

conflicting and colorful statements from time to time. Last month, he hosted the World Internet

Conference, which is designed to showcase the growing influence of the Chinese tech industry.

This event also lays out the vision of the policymakers; staying open, but only on the terms

outlined by the government. During the opening ceremony, Mr. Lu said that cyberspace should

be open and free, but should follow the rules and law. A small group of students had been

detained outside the conference as they had been carrying out a demonstration. The students

wished to seek access to Facebook in the country, according to the information provided by the

attendees. Nonetheless, China still doesn’t seem to be budging on its plans of unblocking

Facebook in the country.


Sunny Akon is a Blogger and Content Writer, currently working at Burgeoning Technologies, a Web & IT Company. He currently lives in Lahore and can be followed on .