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12:00 AM, July 03, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 02:22 AM, July 03, 2020

India PM Modi shuts Weibo account amid China tensions

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has deleted his account on Sina Weibo, China's alternative to Twitter, an Indian government source and the company said, as tensions between the two countries continue to simmer over a border skirmish last month. 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 on Wednesday. Sina Weibo announced the closure of the account late on Wednesday and the removal comes a few days after India banned 59 Chinese apps, including Sina Weibo and ByteDance's TikTok, following the border clash between the two nations. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday applauded India's sweeping ban on Chinese apps including TikTok, saying New Delhi was ensuring its own security.

 

 

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