New Delhi: Chinese social media accounts, including Sina Weibo removed the speech of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to chief ministers on June 18 and the comments made by Anurag Srivastava, the spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA). Also Read – Indian Weightlifting Federation Halts Usage of China-made Equipment Due to Defects
The development comes in the wake of the violent face-off between the Indian and Chinese armies in the Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh that left 20 Indian soldiers, including a colonel rank officer martyred. Also Read – During Military-level Talks, China Confirms Its Commanding Officer Killed in Ladakh Standoff
Confirming the same, Indian Embassy officials stated that 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 re-published the screen shots of Srivastava’s comments on June 19. Also Read – A Week After Deadly Galwan Valley Clash, India-China Hold Corps Commander-Level Talks
Notably, Sina Weibo in China, is considered equivalent to microblogging site Twitter. Ahead of his visit to China in 2015, PM Modi had also opened an account on Sina Weibo. However, the account has not posted any content related to the border tensions with China.
Apart from Weibo, the official WeChat account has also removed Srivastava, MEA spokesperson’s remarks, wherein he had asked China to confine its activities to its side of the Line of