Mark Zuckerberg Spoke to China’s President Entirely in Chinese

September 24, 2015

10:00 pm

We already know that Facebook CEO Mark Zukerberg is fluent in Chinese, but he’s apparently so fluent to the point at which he spoke with China’s President Xi Jinping entirely in Chinese.

On Wednesday, Zuckerberg met with Xi Jinpin at the 8th annual US-China Internet Industry Forum in Seattle, WA, where tech CEOs and government officials from both the United States and China met to discuss the common issues affecting the tech industry. Writes Zuckerberg in a Facebook post:

“On a personal note, this was the first time I’ve ever spoken with a world leader entirely in a foreign language. I consider that a meaningful personal milestone. It was an honor to meet President Xi and other leaders.”

Last fall, Zuckerberg somehow shocked the world when people found out that he spoke in Mandarin to an audience at Tsinghua University, Beijing. While he himself has admitted in the past that his Chinese is “really terrible” it seem that the opposite is the case.

Personally, I don’t understand why people find so much fascination with Zuckerberg being fluent in another language. We live in an interconnected world, and lacking fluency in more than one language should really garner more shock than bi- or multi-lingualism.

(H/T Business Insider)

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Ronald Barba was the previous managing editor of Tech.Co. His primary story interests include industry trends, consumer-facing apps/products, the startup lifestyle, business ethics, diversity in tech, and what-is-this-bullsh*t things.

Aside from writing about startups and entrepreneurship, Ronald is interested in ‘Doctor Who’, Murakami, ‘The Mindy Project’, and fried chicken. He is currently based in New York because he mistakenly studied philosophy in college and is now a “writer”. Tweet @RonaldPBarba.

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