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Facebook Says China Consumers Want Site as Regulator Says No

Facebook Inc., operator of the world’s largest social-networking site, said China consumers routinely ask about accessing its services even as a regulator indicated there’s little chance a ban will be lifted.

“When I’m in China, I often get asked,” Facebook Vice President Vaughan Smith told a conference sponsored by the World Economic Forum in Tianjin, China, yesterday. “They all come to me and say, ‘Hey, when is Facebook going to come to China?’”