Chinese social media platforms have removed posts from the U.S. Embassy in Beijing’s official account. 

WeChat took down two posts that accused China of clamping down on democracy and freedom in Hong Kong which is “Secretary Blinken’s Statement: 25 Years After the Handover of Hong Kong Sovereignty” and “Statement by National Security Council Spokesperson Adrian Watson on the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return.” 

Another one about the NATO Summit mentioned Biden’s speech, “challenges that China poses to a rules-based world order,” and he called out Beijing’s “abusive and coercive trade practices.” which was censored by Weibo.

Nicholas Burns, the U.S. ambassador in China, claimed in his tweet, “PRC censors again removed White House and State Department posts on Hong Kong and the #NATOSummit from our WeChat/Weibo accounts last week. The PRC ought to allow the Chinese people to see what American leaders say, as the American people hear what Chinese leaders say.”

Many netizens were furious and replied to the tweet:

Isaaccess Newtony @IssaccessN said, “Free speech and open access to information, among a lot of other rights, are what CCP owes to the Chinese people. But to witness it’d happen to the U.S. Ambassador is still shocking.”

Another added, “The Chinese government doesn’t represent the Chinese people because the people don’t elect them. They only represent their own interest groups. Don’t trust any commitment of Chinese government.”

While others like [email protected] wonder, “The question is what are you going to do with it? Nothing I guess.” some people are asking for help, “I DESIRE LIBERATION! USA, SAVE US!” (Lemonading @AkiKiyo)

According to Forbes, In May, both Weibo and WeChat took down posts shared by official United Nations accounts where World Health Organization chief Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called China’s zero-Covid policy unsustainable. Beijing’s online censors have also taken down images or references to the Disney animated character Winnie the Pooh after some internet users in the country suggested he resembled China’s President Xi Jinping.

These show efforts by Beijing’s internet censors to scrub any posts deemed critical of the Chinese government.

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