— Zuckerberg, being an extremely shrewd and ambitious businessman, is looking to use every tool he possibly can to break into the Chinese market and make sure Facebook is not bested by a Chinese competitor, in China or worldwide.
— His appearance at Qinghua and his ability to speak half-decent Chinese after just a few years of study struck a publicity home-run for Facebook IN CHINA which cannot be overstated. Facebook is blocked in China, but Chinese media and social media was aflame with the story of the multi-billionaire founder of Facebook who speaks Chinese!
— As you yourself well know, even in today’s exceedingly practical and expedience-minded Chinese society, face, politeness and respect still matter quite a bit. For Facebook to be blocked by the Chinese government, and for Zuckerberg to nevertheless put hundreds and hundreds of hours into studying Chinese is an amazing act of respect. How many Chinese people do you think were saying to themselves and their friends, “Wow, we block this guy’s website and cost him billions in advertising and he goes out and learns our impossible language!”?
— I’ve already gone on too long, but I’m just going to wrap this up by saying: Zuckerberg has, with one half-hour interview, put the Chinese government on the defensive — at least from a “face” and “politeness” point of view. At this point, he has shown tremendous respect toward the Chinese, and many millions of Chinese are saying “this guy isn’t so bad, maybe Facebook isn’t so bad, our government should really loosen up.”
I almost feel as if this article is this close to making claims that Zuckerberg has actually planned for this so long that he woo’d Priscilla in college purely as a PR move.