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Facebook's Zuckerberg Meets China's Propaganda Head in Beijing

A computer screen displays the social media posting by Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook in Beijing, China, Friday, March 18, 2016. The photo of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg jogging in downtown Beijing’s notorious smog has prompted a torrent of astonishment

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg held a rare meeting with China's propaganda chief Liu Yunshun in Beijing on Saturday.

Liu told Zuckerberg that "China hopes Facebook can strengthen exchanges, share experiences and improve mutual understanding with China's internet companies," according to the state run Xinhua news agency.

Facebook and other Western social media including Twitter are banned in China.

China has recently been exerting increased control over its Internet by introducing new rules, placing curbs on foreign internet businesses and urging online content publishers to "promote core socialist values".

Zuckerberg was in Beijing to attend the China Development Forum.