According to the very little information available, Baidu will pay an undisclosed amount to Mozilla Online for bundling its search engine in Chinese editions of Firefox.
The agreement won’t make any difference for users of the Chinese Simplified (zh-CN) edition since Baidu is already included with Firefox as a bundled search engine since Firefox 2.
It is not clear if it will be added to Chinese Traditional (zh-TW) edition which doesn’t include Baidu as of Firefox 220.127.116.11. Also, Google will remain as the default search engine according to Mozilla Japan’s Gen Kanai.
Mozilla Online CEO, Li Gong, said that Mozilla’s relationship with Google will not affect it’s cooperation with other search providers.
So it sounds as a strategic move for Baidu to ensure a place in Firefox’s default search engines list.