There should be an image here!It appears that Baidu is looking to expand their base as much as possible. Exploring possible acquisitions, partnerships and so forth as Baidu begins taking its competition a bit more seriously now.

It’s sort of interesting to see how Baidu differs in market share when compared to alternatives such as Google. While Baidu maintains a massive lead thus far, Google’s partnership with China Mobile Ltd is clearly getting Baidu into an area that is not good for the long term.

All of this said though, regardless of whether or not Baidu is able to maintain its hold on the Chinese audience. One thing is for sure. With more Internet users than even the US, China’s search patterns and habits will be setting the trends in the future. Now if the users can just get past those darn firewalls…