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By Barry Eitel on Oct 24, 2014

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg took a stage at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China Tuesday and spoke to a crowd in Mandarin. Facebook, of course, is nearly completely banned in the country infamously averse to free speech, but Zuckerberg might have charmed the powers that be by speaking in the local language. The crowd of business students, who could all speak English, greeted Zuckerberg’s efforts with vocal excitement. Zuckerberg began by relaying the story of why he decided to challenge himself to start learning Mandarin in 2010. A major reason was to win over the family of his now-wife, Priscilla Chan. “Hello everyone,” Zuckerberg said to the crowd. “There are three reasons I decided to learn Chinese. The first, my wife is Chinese. Her grandmother can only speak Chinese. When I told her

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