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PM Modi quits his account on Chinese website Weibo

New Delhi: Close on the heels of the NDA government’s decision to ban 59 Chinese mobile apps, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has quit his personal account on the Chinese Twitter-like website Weibo, the website said late on Wednesday night.

According to a report in a Taiwanese National daily, Weibo, China’s answer to Twitter, said it has deleted Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s account at the request of the Indian embassy.

According to a report in Liberty Times,Weibo said it had received an official request from the Indian representative office in China.
Weibo announced late on Wednesday that it had received a request from the Indian embassy in China to close Mr Modi’s account.

“Weibo received an application from the Indian embassy in China, which said: ‘(I) hope to have the official Weibo account of Prime Minister Narendra Modi removed from the platform,’” it said.

“Weibo has closed what was certified as the account of the Prime Minister of India,’a statement from the website said.

The government had on Monday announced that 59 Chinese apps would be banned in the country . The apps include TikTok, WeChat, UC Browser, and Cam Scanner.

PM Modi first set up his Weibo account in 2015 with an eye on Sino-Indian relations and accumulated more than 244,000 followers — many of them Chinese.

His first message on the popular blogging website was a greeting to the Chinese people in which he expressed his excitement about interacting with them.

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