Chinese President Xi Jinping Refuses To Name Mark Zuckerburg's Unborn Child

05/10/2015 10:23 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 26: The President of China Xi Jinping attends the United Nations General Assembly at the United Nations on September 26, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Sands/WireImage)

SHANGHAI -- Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was left disappointed when Chinese President Xi Jinping refused his request to name his unborn child at a White House dinner last week.

With Facebook still banned in China, the President remained unyielding to Zuckerberg as he turned down his request for a Chinese name for his child, the shanghaiist.com reported.

Zuckerberg was seated at the head table with United States President Barack Obama and his family, and Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan at the state dinner, which was attended by several figures from the US tech and media sectors.

According to reports, Zuckerberg spoke in Mandarin to the president, asking him whether or not he would do him and his wife the honour 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."

Other guests at the state dinner included Apple CEO Tim Cook, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, former Oracle CEO Larry Ellison and Dreamworks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg.

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