Mark Zuckerberg stuns audience by speakingfluent Mandarin at Beijing event - so is Facebook coming to China?
China may ban Facebook, but not itsco-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who stunned an audience of students inBeijing by speaking in fluent Mandarin.
He did not explicitly discuss the socialmedia site ban during his Q&A at prestigious Tsinghua University, butan indirect reference drew laughter from the audience.
Zuckerberg, whose company has long soughtto enter the Chinese market, highlighted that Facebook already helps someChinese companies in foreign markets.
'Speaking of China, I have a more difficult question for Mark, which I hopewill not get me fired. What are Facebook's plans in China?' asked the forumfacilitator and Facebook employee Wei Xiaoliang.
'We are already in China,' Zuckerberg saidin Chinese, to more laughter. 'We help Chinese companies gain customers abroad.'
'We want to help the rest of the worldconnect to China.'
Zuckerberg married Chinese-American Priscilla Chan in 2012, and set himself thegoal of learning Mandarin in 2010.
He said that he wanted to learn thelanguage partly because his wife's grandmother only speaks Chinese.
'Priscilla and I decided to get married, soI told her grandmother in Chinese, and she was very surprised,' Zuckerbergsaid.
He said China is a great country and hopesthat learning the language will help him learn its culture. 'The Chineselanguage is difficult, and I speak English, but I like challenges,' Zuckerbergsaid.
Not fan of Zuckerberg, but credit to himfor not expecting the rest of the world to speak English, or to hire atranslator.
bambini,not in the UK anymore, United Kingdom
If i had that much money I would make thetime to learn a couple more languages! Isn't his wife chinese?
Vicky,West Mids, United Kingdom
He reminds me of David Cameron, they looksimilar.
K_1664,Derbyshire, United Kingdom
Fair play to the guy for making the effortto try and learn the language and actually use it.
RoronoaZoro, Manchester, United Kingdom
not to mention Chinese language is hard tolearn..