Not many tweets gain the same amount of attention as the one sent out by Hillary Clinton on Sunday night which described Chinese communist leader Xi Jinping as “shameless”.
Her tweet was sent out on the same day that Xi hosted a summit meeting at the UN to mark the 20th anniversary of a women’s rights conference in Beijing.
“Xi hosting a meeting on women’s rights at the UN while persecuting feminists? Shameless,” said Clinton’s tweet which included a link to a New York Times story that referenced five young Chinese women activists who were jailed just before International Women’s Day earlier this year.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 27, 2015
As you can see the tweet also includes the hashtag #Freethe20 which is a American campaign that aims to draws attention to the global plight of 20 female women political prisoners and other prisoners of concern.
Clinton is the Democratic presidential nomination and, if you go by her twitter account alone, a large chunk of her campaigning is focused on women’s issues.
In response to her tweet the Chinese state-run Global Times came out hard in both its Chinese and English language versions.
The English editorial called Clinton “a rabble-rouser” engaged in “ignominious shenanigans” reported the BBC who also added that the Chinese version was even blunter.
As for China being a hot topic on the U.S. presidential campaign trail, find out what the candidates know and what they don’t know on this episode of China Uncensored: