Going on typical form, China’s ruling communists censored its media coverage of Donald Trump’s inauguration as America’s 45th president.
According to China Digital Times, Beijing’s propaganda officials ordered its media to stick to publishing reports on Trump’s inauguration, and on China-U.S. relations in general, that were written by the Communist Party’s press agency Xinhua.
“For all media, any recent reports about the United States must strictly conform with the central media; any news relating to China-U.S. relations must use Xinhua copy. Any news about Trump must be handled carefully; unauthorized criticism of Trump’s words or actions is not allowed,” said the order.
Not sure how this fits into the orders, but Tom Phillips, the Beijing correspondent for The Guardian, retweeted this from Xinhua:
When you click on Xinhua English's lead story about Trump inauguration this is what appears… pic.twitter.com/HRMTZD6CdS
— Tom Phillips (@tomphillipsin) January 21, 2017
The Financial Times reported they saw orders that gave further details.
“It is forbidden for websites to carry out live streaming or picture reports of the inauguration,” said orders, according to the Financial Times.
The order went on to say that online media channels should not give Trump’s inauguration prominence on homepages.
Meanwhile, China-based radio host Elyse Ribbons was also told to avoid Trump in her state-run radio program as per her tweet below:
Wasn't allowed to discuss Trump today on my radio show, he's now an official 敏感话题 Chinese leadership still trying to figure him out (sigh)
— Elyse Ribbons 柳素英 (@iheartbeijing) January 19, 2017
On numerous occasions during his election campaign, Trump called out the Chinese on trade issues, threatening the possibility of a future trade war between the two countries.
He has several times challenged Beijing over the long-held “One China” policy.
His nominee for Sectary of State, Rex Tillerson, likewise talked tough about how the U.S. should deal with Chinese activities in the contested waters of the South China Sea.
Those comments resulted in Chinese state-run media, such as Global Times, publishing saber-rattling and threatening commentaries.
If you somehow missed seeing footage of Trump’s inauguration, see this brief rap up of the day from CNN, a U.S. media outlet often accused of being anti-Trump:
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