India-China stand-off: China social media companies black out India version

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BEIJING/ DELHI: PM

Narendra Modi

’s June 18 speech to chief ministers as well as the comments by the spokesperson of the ministry of foreign affairs have been deleted from two Chinese social media accounts, including Weibo.
This follows the face-off between the Indian and

Chinese armies

in the Galwan Valley in Ladakh on Monday.
Modi’s remarks on June 18 about the Indian soldiers killed in the Galwan Valley clash has become inaccessible on

WeChat

. The page says that the content has been deleted by the author, whereas

Indian embassy officials

said they have not removed it.
Indian embassy officials in Beijing said the transcript of the remarks of the MEA spokesman Anurag Srivastava were found to have been removed from the embassy’s account of

Sina Weibo

on June 18.
After that the Indian officials again uploaded screenshots of Srivastava’s comments on June 19. In his comments, Srivastava had asked China to confine its activities to its side of the line of actual control and that it must not take any unilateral action to alter it.
Sina Weibo, which is similar to Twitter in China, has millions of users and all embassies in Beijing besides several world leaders, including PM Modi, have opened their accounts to interact with the Chinese people.
The MEA spokesperson’s remarks have also been removed from the official WeChat account. A note on WeChat says, unable to view this content as it violates regulations.
While the Weibo page was opened earlier, the WeChat group started in January this year. Modi opened an account in Weibo during his visit to China in 2015. No posts related to the recent military confrontation were posted on his page.

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