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Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg marks ‘personal milestone’ after minute-long chat in Mandarin with Xi Jinping

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (facing) speaks to Chinese President Xi Jinping (centre) as China's internet tsar Lu Wei looks on. Photo Reuters

The social network founder’s gushing post about his encounter with Xi is not the first time he has shown his admiration for the Chinese president

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was overwhelmed about his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, calling it a “personal milestone”.

After he spoke in Mandarin to Xi he said “On a personal note, this was the first time I’ve ever spoken with a world leader entirely in a foreign language.”

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Zuckerberg wrote on his Facebook page on Wednesday:

“Today I met President Xi Jinping of China at the 8th annual US-China Internet Industry Forum in Seattle. The Forum is an opportunity for CEOs of technology companies to meet with government officials from the US and China to discuss common issues for the future of our industry.

This is also part of President Xi’s state visit to the US, and you can follow updates from his visit on his Facebook page: Xi’s US Visit.

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.”






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