Chinese diplomat's tweetstorm could mark start of Beijing's push on foreign social media: Experts

Foreign social media platforms, such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, are blocked by China's Great Firewall.
Foreign social media platforms, such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, are blocked by China's Great Firewall.ST PHOTO: JOYCE FANG

BEIJING - Chinese officials are not known to air their views publicly on social media, so when diplomat Zhao Lijian launched a "tweetstorm" this week (July 14-15) on social and political issues in the United States, China watchers took notice.

Mr Zhao, the second-ranking Chinese diplomat in Pakistan, was defending China's treatment of Uighurs in Xinjiang, when he criticised the US, pointing to what he called "racial segregation" in the country.

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