A few days before Xi Jinping secured a third term as leader of China’s ruling Communist Party, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson, Zhao Lijian, had posted a tweet that caused a public outcry. 

In his tweet on October 18, Zhao cited the 2022 Edelman Trust Barometer earlier this year. 

With the caption “True/fake representation of the people #China #US,” Zhao posted a picture comparing the trust of China and the American people in their government.

The image shows that 91% of Chinese trust the government, ranking first among 28 countries. The United States ranks 27th, with 39%.

The post since then has gained much ridicule online.

“All those who opposed the government went to prison.”

“well fake data, i am Chinese but no one ever asked me do i trust government😅”

“That’s very impressive figures. Congrats but I’ll still pick America.”

Last month, remarks from a new spokesperson to the foreign ministry, Mao Ning, also attracted the public’s attention. 

She stated at a news conference the Ministry of Foreign Affairs held that a Harvard University survey conducted in the U.S. for more than ten years revealed that the satisfaction of the Chinese people with the party and the government had surpassed 90% for ten consecutive years.

Xinhua News Agency quickly closed the comment section after posting the news on Weibo.

Moreover, a recent study conducted by Freedom House, a non-profit organization based in the U.S., shows that China’s Internet freedom remains at the bottom for the 8th consecutive year. The study described the internet user conditions in China as “the world’s worst environment for internet freedom.”
In May, the French-based non-governmental organization Reporters Without Borders (RSF) released its 20th World Press Freedom Index. China ranked 175th among 180 countries. And North Korea ranked the lowest at 180.

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