Facebook may be hitting all the right notes in its efforts to tap the Chinese market, but the tech behemoth still faces a tough battle, David Chao, co-founder and general partner of DCM Ventures, said Monday.
"I think that Facebook's in a Catch-22. On the one hand, they have been touted by the U.S. media and government that it's a pro-democracy tool, like you've seen in the Arab Spring," he told CNBC's "Squawk Alley."
"I think the more the U.S. media keeps making social media into the Trojan horse for democracy, I think it becomes really, really tough."
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has made several trips to China in his years running the company. Most recently, he met with Liu Yunshan, China's propaganda chief, who told him he hopes Facebook can share its experience with Chinese companies to help "Internet development better benefit the people of all countries," China's official Xinhua News Agency reported.