By Jonathan Davies

Twitter has announced plans to open an office in Hong Kong despite the social network being banned in China.

Twitter has been banned in China since 2009 after the government feared it could be used to organise protests.

The office will open in the first quarter of 2015 as Twitter embarks on the next phase of its growth plans in Asia.

"Our upcoming Hong Kong office in the first quarter will enable us to pursue strategic opportunities in Greater China, such as China export advertising market, Hong Kong and Taiwan advertising markets, media partnerships, and our new Twitter Fabric integrated with MoPub for mobile developers," Twitter told the BBC on Friday.

Twitter has opened a number of offices in the region recently including in Singapore, Tokyo, Seoul, Sydney and has plans to open an office in Jakarta, Indonesia.

"With half of all internet, mobile and social media users worldwide in Asia today, we see many opportunities across the region," Twitter said.

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