bill - 5:19 am on Oct 12, 2011 (gmt 0)
Thanks. I should have read more closely. I saw the word "partner" and read too much into it. There certainly are other companies who have offered English assistance for Baidu much earlier.
It still is a 3rd party
That office was probably for Baidu Japan though. That has been there since 2007 I believe, and was opened in conjunction with their Japanese language search engine.
Baidu has(or at least had) an office here in Tokyo.