Indian Prime Minister Modi closes his Weibo account

Modi PM of India

Sina Weibo said it has deleted Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s account at the request of the Indian embassy, as tensions between the two countries continue to simmer.

KEY POINTS:

  • Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi closes his account on the popular Chinese social media platform Weibo
  • The move comes as tensions between India and China remain high

Since posting on Sina Weibo the first time in 2015 during a visit to China, Modi has been an infrequent user of the Chinese social media platform. He had more than 200,000 followers and 100 posts before the account was shut.

Sina Weibo announced the closure of the account on Wednesday evening and the removal comes a few days after India banned some 59 Chinese apps, including Sina Weibo and ByteDance’s TikTok, following the deadly border skirmish between the two rising nations.

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The Indian embassy in Beijing did not immediately respond to an Email request for comment by the time of publication.

Modi was among a handful of foreign leaders with a Weibo account. Others include Boris Johnson of the UK, Justin Trudeau of Canada, and Nicolás Maduro, the disputed President of Venezuela.

Notably, Modi revealed the birth dates of both Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang by wishing them “Happy Birthday” on Weibo. The discussion of senior leaders’ private lives is extremely rare in China and the exact birth dates of most of them are not revealed publicly.

In contrast, Chinese leaders are rarely active on social media. Foreign social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter are blocked in China.

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Via our content partners at Reuters. Reporting by Pei Li. Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan.

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