Meta Platforms Inc. CEO Mark Zuckerberg looks at the virtual future as he speaks at the virtual Meta Connect event in New York, USA, Tuesday, October 11, 2022.

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A Chinese state media outlet issued harsh criticism Yuan On Wednesday, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg accused the billionaire of effectively “shooting himself in the foot” in the Chinese market.

The editorial was published by a WeChat account affiliated with Beijing Daily, after the Wall Street Journal reported that Meta was in trouble. continue the conversation and Tencent Sells Meta’s Quest headset series in Mainland China.

The editorial, translated from Mandarin, said Zuckerberg’s past criticism of Chinese companies, including ByteDance’s TikTok, was essentially self-sabotaging his sales efforts in China. Zuckerberg has been critical of specific Chinese companies and widespread Chinese corporate espionage.

“I think it’s well documented that the Chinese government is stealing technology from American companies,” Zuckerberg testified before Congress in 2020.

The editorial highlights the source from apple CEO Tim Cook and tesla CEO Elon Musk cited as an example of aggressive engagement with the Chinese regime and markets, adding that Zuckerberg’s company has never been able to gain ground in China, in stark contrast to rival tech firms . In 2013, Google withdrew from mainland China; Microsoft It has been operating in China for a long time, but announced that it will shut down its LinkedIn-like application in China by August.

Zuckerberg has described TikTok in public as a “very effective competitor,” but in private, he It is said Said the company posed a significant threat to American businesses. According to the “Wall Street Journal” report, after meeting with Zuckerberg and discussing TikTok, Republican Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas (Tom Cotton) co-wrote a letter to US intelligence officials demanding an investigation of TikTok.

Top officials at the U.S. Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security have warned that Chinese cyberattacks are a significant threat, but U.S. officials are willing to publicly name China a cyber adversary, even as tech CEOs appear to shy away or walk back public criticism of China. regime.

neither Google CEO Sundar Pichai or Apple Cook expressly acknowledge In the same testimony in February 2020, Pichai admitted that China engaged in industrial espionage, but Pichai later admitted in the testimony that China damaged Google’s intellectual property in one incident. 2009 cyber attack.

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