September 25, 2023

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Weibo deletes Indian Prime Minister’s social media account

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays tribute to Indian soldiers killed during confrontation with Chinese soldiers in the Ladakh region - India Government Press Information Bureau via AP
Indian Primary Minister Narendra Modi pays tribute to Indian troopers killed for the duration of confrontation with Chinese troopers in the Ladakh location – India Authorities Press Details Bureau by way of AP

Sina Weibo, China’s reply to Twitter, explained it experienced deleted Indian Primary Minister Narendra Modi’s account at the ask for of the Indian embassy, as tensions involving the two countries keep on to simmer more than a border skirmish.

Because publishing on Sina Weibo the to start with time in 2015 throughout a go to to China, Mr Modi has been an infrequent consumer of the Chinese social media platform. He had additional than 200,000 followers and 100 posts before the account was shut.

Sina Weibo introduced the closure of the account late on Wednesday and the removal will come a number of times after India banned dozens of Chinese applications, which include Sina Weibo and ByteDance’s TikTok, following the border clash amongst the two nations.

The Indian embassy in Beijing did not immediately respond to an e-mailed ask for for comment.

Mr Modi was between a handful of overseas leaders with a Weibo account. Other folks involve Primary Minister Boris Johnson, Justin Trudeau of Canada, and Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela.

Notably, Mr Modi exposed the start dates of both equally Chinese President Xi Jinping and Leading Li Keqiang by wishing them “Delighted Birthday” on Weibo.

The dialogue of senior leaders’ personal life is very uncommon in China and the precise delivery dates of most of them are not discovered publicly.

In distinction, Chinese leaders are rarely energetic on social media. International social media platforms these types of as Fb and Twitter are blocked in China.

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