The offices at Facebook, which is still blocked in China, are being given a dash of Chinese culture, but not in the way that one might expect. Photos were released on Monday of Mark Zuckerberg, the website’s founder, with a copy of Xi Jinping’s The Governance of China strategically placed at his desk, garnering a bit of mockery from web users.
News website The Paper reports that the book was seen at Zuckerberg’s desk in the Menlo Park offices during a visit from head Chinese Internet regulator Lu Wei, who is said to be on a fact finding mission in the United States.
The Internet regulator, who has also reportedly visited Google, Amazon and Apple, was greeted by Zuckerberg, in Chinese, on arrival and was then invited to his workspace, reports Shanghai Daily.
@ChuBailiang presumably they're all laughing because Lu Wei just said, "Oh that thing, no, of course I haven't read it either!"
— Official Jargon (@OfficialJargon) December 8, 2014
During discussions with Lu, Facebook’s founder talked about Xi’s book, which he also bought copies of for his colleagues. “I bought this book for my colleagues as well. I want them to understand socialism with Chinese characteristics,” he is quoted as saying.
Images of Xi’s book peeking out from the corner of Zuckerberg’s desk began floating around the web immediately upon publication and soon after spawned this lovely caricature:
Mr Zuckerberg won the admiration of a number of people in China recently for the interview he conducted, almost entirely in Chinese, at Tsinghua University back in October.
[Image credit: Erik Crouch]
By Robert Ridley