Indian PM joins Chinese version of Twitter

Within just five hours of joining China’s new social network, PM Narendra Modi had more than 200,000 followers

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has become India’s first leader to join a Chinese microblogging website on Monday with more than 500 million users. 

Many social networking websites such as Twitter are blocked in China due to their “ability to deliver real time messages to a mass amount of followers and [capacity to] provide a way in which Chinese citizens could publish first hand news of political and national events,” reported the International Business Times. 

Launched in 2009, Sina Webio is one of the most popular social networking platforms in China. 

Indian PM Modi has begun building relationships with the Chinese people before his expected visit in Asia this month where he will visit China, Mongolia and South Korea.

Modi’s first post read, “Hello China! Looking forward to interacting with Chinese friends through Weibo.” 

The Indian MP is known to be a keen user of social media with a large number of followers, especially on Twitter. 

However, Modi isn't the first international leader to join China’s popular website.

British Prime Minister David Cameron has also joined Weibo in order to strengthen ties with the Chinese people.

TRTWorld and agencies