United States President Donald Trump jumps over China’s ‘Great Firewall’ with very first tweet
By AFP|Updated: 08th November 2017
BEIJING: United States President Donald Trump broke through China’s “Great Firewall” on Wednesday as he published messages on Twitter during his visit to the country, which has prohibited the website.
Trump published an initial message to thank President Xi Jinping for his warm welcome– even though the social media platform is not expected to be visible in the nation. He then tweeted a caution versus North Korea.
Twitter is among a slew of Western sites, along with Facebook and Instagram, obstructed by China’s censors in the name of safeguarding nationwide security.
Trump was expected to utilize sophisticated technology readily available to the US president to prevent the so-called Great Firewall, with United States authorities stating they had brought “gear” to “make it happen”.
The United States president tweeted an AFP image of his visit to the Forbidden City, where Xi and his partner dealt with Trump and First Lady Melania Trump to tea and watched an opera efficiency.
” On behalf of @FLOTUS Melania and I, THANK YOU for an unforgettable afternoon and evening at the Forbidden City in Beijing, President Xi and Madame Peng Liyuan. We are eagerly anticipating rejoining you tomorrow morning!” Trump composed.
Trump appears to have actually utilized something aside from his mobile phone to publish the message: It had the tag of “Twitter Web Client” instead of “Twitter for iPhone” as in his previous tweets.
In another post, Trump wrote that he was “anticipating a complete day of meetings with President Xi and our delegations tomorrow. THANK YOU for the gorgeous welcome China! @FLOTUS Melania and I will always remember it!”
Looking forward to a complete day of conferences with President Xi and our delegations tomorrow. THANK YOU for the beautiful welcome China!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 8, 2017
Trump has actually used Twitter to both appreciation and scold Xi, particularly over his handling of North Korea, which will be the focus of their talks on Thursday together with China’s yawning trade surplus with the United States.
Hours after calling North Korea a “terrible dictatorship” during a speech to South Korea’s parliament, Trump wrote that Pyongyang “has actually translated America’s past restraint as weak point. Do not undervalue us.
The White House did not state exactly what kind of innovation Trump would utilize to gain access to Twitter.
Web users can prevent the firewall program if they download a virtual private network (VPN)– software that allows individuals to browse the internet as if they were utilizing a server in another country.
Foreign visitors can likewise access banned websites with their phones if they are in roaming mode– however just due to the fact that the authorities currently enable it, inning accordance with professionals.
China has its own Twitter-like website, Weibo, which is carefully monitored by the authorities.
Chinese nationals can face fines and even jail time for damaging social networks posts. Authorities have further tightened internet controls in current months, closing down celebrity gossip blog sites and penetrating platforms for “obscenity.”.
Weibo was ablaze Wednesday with remarks about what Trump would do if he might not utilize his most cherished form of communication.
Considering that Trump’s election in 2016, critics amongst Chinese web users have mockingly described American governance as “rule by Twitter.”.
Some commenters feigned lack of knowledge about the verboten site.
” Fake news. Exactly what’s Twitter? This website does not exist,” one quipped.
Others seemed requesting descriptions about Twitter in earnest, while still others called on Trump to create a Weibo account.
” In the three days that Trump’s off Twitter, someone else will definitely seize the throne,” commented a user on Zhihu, a question-and-answer platform similar to Quora.