Beijing may continue to block Facebook due to concerns that the US-based social networking giant could endanger China’s interests and security, Ming Pao Daily reported Friday, citing a mainland official.
Lu Wei, director of the State Internet Information Office, was quoted as saying that foreign internet firms should not harm China’s interests and security while making money from this market.
The bottom line of the Chinese government concerning the management of internet is national interests and the interests of Chinese consumers, Lu said at the ‘Summer Davos’ World Economic Forum meeting in Tianjin, according to the report.
“We welcome all foreign companies to do business in China if they stick to this bottom line,” Lu said.
Asked about market talk that Facebook is about to enter the China market, Lu said: “It cannot.”
Lu added that Beijing won’t allow foreign firms to undermine China’s interests while doing business in the country and making profits.
Reports have said earlier that Facebook has rented an 800-square-meter office in Beijing’s central business district in July. The news sparked speculation that the company was gearing up to enter the mainland market.
China has launched a campaign to clean up the internet, encouraging tip-offs from the public on any information that is deemed to hurt the country’s interests.
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