At last week’s White House state dinner Xi was apparently unwilling to yield even an inch to the Facebook founder, declining his request to help find a Chinese name for his unborn baby.
Zuckerberg was seated at the head table with the Obamas, Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan at the state dinner which was attended by numerous figures from the US tech and media sectors.
According to Page Six, Zuckerberg spoke in Mandarin to Xi, asking him whether or not he would do him and his wife the honor of giving his child an honorary Chinese name.
Xi reportedly turned down the request to put forward a name for the Facebook founder’s unborn baby girl, saying that it would be “too much responsibility.” Presumably this must have tempered his ambition to come right out and ask for Facebook to be unblocked.
You’d have thought Xi would have at least been grateful for all the good publicity that Zuckerberg has given to the Chinese president’s book The Governance of China over the past couple of years.
We’re not sure whether or not the slight came as a surprise to Zuckerberg, especially as a few days earlier he seemed to have gotten on so well with the Chinese president at the US-China Internet Industry Forum.
Other guests at the state dinner included Apple CEO Tim Cook, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, former Oracle CEO Larry Ellison and and Dreamworks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg.