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Facebook Said to Rent Beijing Office With View of Forbidden City

Facebook Inc. leased space in downtown Beijing as the social network prepares to open a China office even though its website remains blocked in the country, said people familiar with the matter.

The company signed a three-year contract in May to lease more than 800 square meters (8,600 square feet) of office space in the Fortune Financial Center in Beijing’s central business district, said the people, who asked not be identified because the transaction isn’t public. Facebook hasn’t started outfitting the space, which has views of the Forbidden City, they said.