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China's netizens roast Global Times editor Hu Xijin on Clubhouse

Joining through VPN, thousands flock to audio chat to mock hawkish commentator

A Clubhouse room called the Hu Xijin Fan Club became a sensation last week on the popular audio chat app of the same name. (Source photos by AP and Getty Images) 

NEW YORK -- If there is one dark art that thrives inside the Great Firewall of China, it is sarcasm.

One Clubhouse room called the Hu Xijin Fan Club became a sensation last week on the increasingly popular social app, named after the editor-in-chief of Global Times, the English-language tabloid belonging to the People's Daily, the Communist Party of China's official organ. Discussions went on for days with netizens -- including mainlanders joining through virtual private networks (VPN) to jump China's internet firewall -- outdoing themselves to express their "love" for Hu.

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