As Biden Criticizes Chinese Censorship, Beijing Paper Asks, ‘What About Trump’s Twitter Account?’

( – After President Biden in a statement Thursday decried the closure of a Hong Kong newspaper targeted for its criticism of Beijing, the editor of a Chinese state media outlet posted jeering tweets referring to President Trump’s ejection from Twitter.

Global Times editor-in-chief Hu Xijian suggested that Twitter’s decision to permanently suspend Trump’s account following the January 6 breach of the U.S. Capitol was a case of official government censorship rather than the highly-contentious decision of a private company.

Responding to Biden’s criticism of China over the closure of Hong Kong’s Apple Daily tabloid, Hu tweeted, “What about Trump’s twitter account? What about Parler? Trump and his supporters have the right to freedom of expression. Instead, Washington is denying basic liberties and assaulting democratic institutions and processes, inconsistent with its international obligations.”

In an earlier tweet Thursday, Hu said, “Those who lament closure of Apple Daily today, please also call on Twitter to reinstate Trump’s account. Otherwise, what you show is not defense of press freedom, but inconsistent logic and insufficient wisdom.”

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