Twitter-happy Trump to enter China's 'Great Firewall'
Beijing: US President Donald Trump has tweeted energetically throughout his Asian tour so far, but in China he will likely be one of a select few to skirt the country's ban on his cherished website.
The Twitter-happy president has fired off a slew of posts — on both domestic and international issues — since he started his trip in Japan and moved on to South Korea.
But when he lands in China tomorrow, Trump will enter the so-called "Great Firewall" of online censorship that monitors people's internet habits and blocks websites such as Twitter, Facebook and Google.
Chinese can face fines or even jail time for unfavourable social media posts. Authorities have further tightened internet controls in recent months, shutting down celebrity gossip blogs and probing platforms for "obscenity".
Asked whether Trump —who will get red-carpet treatment during his state visit — would be able to tweet, Chinese vice foreign minister Zheng Zeguang told reporters: "How President Trump communicates with the outside is not something you need to worry about."
Trump, who has used an iPhone for Twitter posts, could use some options available to people in China to evade the Great Firewall.