Mark Zuckerberg delivers 20-minute speech in Chinese at Beijing’s Tsinghua University

Mark Zuckerberg delivers 20-minute speech in Chinese at Beijing’s Tsinghua University

During this past weekend, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg delivered a 20-minute speech in Chinese, at the Tsinghua University in Beijing. Zuckerberg, who is currently on a visit to China, impressed the University’s students with his Chinese speaking skills.

Delivering his speech in heavily accented Mandarin, Zuckerberg complimented China on its illustrious history, and said that China is a country which is historically known for innovation. He also interspersed his remarks with idioms of time-honored Chinese wisdom.

In his speech, Zuckerberg told the University students about how Facebook’s journey started from his small Harvard room. He also said that the increasingly popular US-based Facebook social network had already trounced doubts about its worldwide reach.

However, since the Facebook social network still remains blocked in China, the speech which Zuckerberg made at the Tsinghua University chiefly underlined his company’s eagerness to expand its reach into the country.

Meanwhile, in his comments about Zuckerberg’s speech, Beijing Foreign Studies University’s Communications Professor Qiao Mu said that, in his opinion, Zuckerberg’s speech overall had “little substance.” Qiao further added: “Facebook is still blocked in China, and if it did decide to enter China one day, it’d be hard for the company to bow to censorship. His (Zuckerberg’s) speech will not likely lead to any dramatic change.”

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