Modi Signs on to China Social Media Website

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Modi Signs on to China Social Media Website


Beijing, May 5 -- Prime Minister Narendra Modi made his debut on Chinese social media platform Weibo on Monday amid welcoming comments by many Chinese users but also by some who remarked that Arunachal Pradesh - known as South Tibet here - belongs to China.

Modi's debut on Weibo, a cross between Twitter and Facebook, comes ahead of his three-day visit to China starting May 14. His first comment was published around noon in Chinese: "Hello China! Looking forward to interacting with Chinese friends through Weibo." He quickly gained thousands of followers and thousands more shared his message across the microblogging site.

Many Chinese users, however, were quick to bring up the long-standing border dispute between the two nations. "Welcome to China, but you have to know that south Tibet belongs to China," said one user, echoing the Chinese government's official stand. "You are very brave. Let's discuss the south Tibet problem," said another user.

While some users wanted to verify whether the account actually belonged to Modi, few others advised him to "work hard on women's rights". Some were curious as to how Modi was writing in Chinese. It remains to be seen whether the Chinese government - which uses layers of censorship on the Internet known as the Great Firewall of China - allows all kinds of comments on Modi's page to be published especially in the runup to and during his visit. …

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