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Facebook is considering to open a sales office in China to boost its revenue and provide more support to local advertisers who use the website to reach customers overseas.
Vaughan Smith, Facebook’s vice-president of corporate development, has confirmed it was exploring ways to provide even more support locally. He refused to give any deadline about the new project.
The social networking website 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 mainland China.
Sources said, Facebook could open an office in China within a year, citing a person familiar with the matter. The world’s largest social networking company is in talks to lease space in the Fortune Financial Center in Beijing’s central business district.