On June 13, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian posted a picture on Twitter to promote Changsha. This news is on the Weibo hot search list. Some mainland netizens asked why he could access Twitter and said that they also wanted to use Twitter.
At noon on June 15, the hashtag Zhao Lijian tweeted to promote Changsha to the world appeared on the mainland’s Weibo hot search list.
The post on his personal Twitter on June 13 wrote, “Food court, Changsha, #China.”
Netizens in mainland China are unable to use Twitter or other overseas social media due to the internet blockade. Zhao Lijian’s tweet to promote Changsha has provoked heated discussion among mainland netizens.
“Why can he use overseas social media?”
“What is Twitter, I have never used it.”
“Please treat everyone equally… Let me see the outside world too.”
One netizen also made a screenshot of a news article. The article mentioned the U.S.’ proposed ban on the use of the U.S. social media by senior Chinese officials, joking that Zhao Lijian’s Twitter account was going to be blocked.
According to Fox News, on June 14, House Republicans proposed the “China Social Media Reciprocity Act.” The bill would impose sanctions on social media platform providers who provide accounts to anyone affiliated with the Chinese Communist Party unless the CCP allows the U.S. officials to participate in social media platforms in China.
The bill would also ask the Chinese government to allow Chinese citizens to access social media platforms or view content created by U.S. government officials and U.S. citizens on China’s social media platforms.