By Cate Cadell
BEIJING (Reuters) - Facebook
The subsidiary is registered in Hangzhou, home of e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd
"We are interested in setting up an innovation hub in Zhejiang to support Chinese developers, innovators and start-ups," a Facebook representative said via email.
Facebook's website remains banned in China, which strictly censors foreign news outlets, search engines and social media including content from Twitter Inc
Having a wholly foreign-owned enterprise in China does not change Facebook's approach in the country, the company said, adding that it was still learning different approaches on what it takes to be in China.
Last year Facebook's messaging app WhatsApp was also blocked in the run up to the country's twice-a-decade congress, and it has remained mostly unavailable since.
The filing listed Facebook Hongkong Ltd and no other entities as a shareholder.
While censorship controls have hardened under Xi Jinping, who was formally appointed president in 2013, U.S. tech firms with blocked content are increasingly looking for new ways to enter the market without drawing the ire of regulators.
Google has several hundred staff in China, and recently launched its own artificial intelligence (AI) lab. It has also tentatively launched several apps for the Chinese market in recent months, including an AI drawing game and file management app.
Facebook said its Chinese subsidiary will focus on training and workshops that will help software developers and entrepreneurs to innovate. The company has similar hubs in many countries including France, Brazil, India and Korea.
(Reporting by Cate Cadell, Lusha Zhang, Se Young Lee and Jonathan Weber; Editing by Kirsten Donovan and Emelia Sithole-Matarise)