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China netizens to Modi quitting Weibo: 'Shut the door on way out'

Indian prime minister ceases outreach to Chinese people amid border tension

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi quit using his Weibo account.    © Reuters

Ten million users on Weibo, China's equivalent of Twitter, have read the news that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has dropped his Sina Weibo profile, depriving his 244,000 followers of future posts by the leader. On Thursday, Modi's profile picture and 115 posts under the 'Prime Minister Modi' VIP account were removed, with the account since deleted at the request of the Indian Embassy in Beijing.

As reported by South Asian multimedia site ANI, 113 posts were deleted manually, while the request for the account to be deleted was being processed by Sina Weibo. Prior to the account's deletion, two images remained on the page, photos of Modi with China's President Xi Jinping, which the Indian side said they could not remove without authorization.

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