Modi breaks China firewall!

Published on May 17, 2015 01:01:01 AM
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It is believed that Modi might have used a Virtual Private Network to break this Great Firewall and tweet in China

Prime Minister Narendra Modi might not have succeeded much in changing the rigid mindset of China’s political class or for that matter, even common public in that country insofar as border dispute is concerned, but he certainly conquered them with his "selfie” diplomacy.

The way Modi took the selfie with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang at a historical site smiling shoulder to shoulder and quickly posted it on his Chinese micro-blogging site Weibo, took everybody in China by surprise, as it was for the first time that they are seeing Li in a selfie.

Some of them gave instant reactions as to why Premier Li did not have his own Weibo account like Modi. China’s top politicians do not really take selfies with other people and it was only last month that Chinese president Xi Jinping appeared in what Chinese state media excitedly called his very first selfie with Fadli Zon from the Indonesian parliament.

In a way, it is a sort of embarrassment to the Chinese political class. Reason: micro-blogging sites like Twitter, Facebook and Google are blocked in China by the "Great Firewall,” the state-run censorship that has strict vigilance over the internet so that Chinese citizens can’t see of any references critical to the Communist Party and its leaders, or that question their authority.

It is believed that Modi might have used a Virtual Private Network to break this Great Firewall and tweet in China. It has come at a time when the Chinese authorities have been cracking down on these micro blogging sites as part of Xi’s ongoing censorship order.

Modi, who has a larger follower base on Twitter, set up an account on Weibo, to conquer the Chinese public. And he achieved his objective as there was a flurry of messages describing him as "cute premier,” though some of them even raised the simmering border dispute between Delhi and Beijing. That is Modi!