Almost exactly a year ago, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg sent the internet into a frenzy when he did a Q&A in Chinese at a Tsinghua University event. The performance drew mixed reviews at the time: some praising the then 30-year-old CEO for his persistence, others picking apart his shaky pronunciation and so-so grammar.

A year later he has returned to the same event with a 22-minute Chinese speech, which he claims is his “first real speech in any language sharing how I started thinking about Facebook’s mission.” The lengthy talk was littered with Chinese idioms and even some well-timed jokes, showing off the progress his Chinese has made in the past year.

Dressed down in what appears to be the same grey t-shirt he wore to the event last year, Mr. Zuckerberg told the crowd his motivation for starting Facebook was “to connect people”, a mission statement he believes he shares with Chinese tech companies Alibaba and Xiaomi.

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Cate Cadell

Cate is a tech writer. She worked as a journalist in Australia, Mongolia and Myanmar. You can reach her (in Chinese or English) at: @catecadell or catecadell@technode.com