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Twitter boss arrives in Shanghai for three-day visit

2014-03-18 08:54 Global Times Web Editor: qindexing

Micro-blogging platform Twitter is likely to be mulling a comeback of its service in China, as the company's CEO Dick Costolo is visiting for the first time the country with the world's largest online population, the New York-based International Business Times reported on Monday.

Costolo is scheduled to meet Shanghai government officials, academics and students from Fudan University during his three-day tour of China's business hub starting Monday. However, Beijing is not included in his itinerary.

Costolo will also meet officials of the Shanghai free trade zone, an area established in 2013 to test market liberalization measures, such as looser rules governing currency conversion and foreign direct investment.

Unlike at Facebook Inc, whose CEO Mark Zuckerberg is a frequent visitor to China and has openly spoken of his desire to enter China, Twitter's senior management has played down the likelihood of seeking a license to do business in the country.

But Costolo's trip is bound to stoke speculation about the company's ambitions in the country.

In a statement to Reuters, Twitter declined to disclose what Costolo intended to bring up with Chinese officials.

Costolo is not expected to ask Chinese authorities to lift the Twitter ban, imposed in 2009.

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