The following post by “vicissitudo” about President Xi Jinping’s brushing off at the APEC press conference on November 12 of a question about censorship encountered by The New York Times in China was deleted from Sina Weibo sometime before 11:12AM today, November 14, 2014. “Vicissitudo” currently has just under 2,000 followers on Sina Weibo. [See more deleted posts at the WeiboScope Search, by the University of Hong Kong’s Journalism and Media Studies Centre].

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During a press conference with US President Barack Obama on November 12, Xi Jinping was asked by New York Times reporter Mark Landler whether China would relax its restrictions on US journalists working in the country. He sidestepped the question, turning instead to a reporter for Chinese state media. But Xi eventually circled back to the question, suggesting foreign media were to blame for any problems they experienced in China.
“When a car fails on the road,” President Xi said, “perhaps we need to get out of the car and see where the problem is.”
The censored Weibo post from “vicissitude” simply reads:

Xi angrily throws down his earpiece and avoids answering a question from a New York Times reporter.

The original Chinese-language post follows:


The Weibo post also includes a jpg image of a Chinese-language news article on the press conference and Xi’s response from Sina Hong Kong.

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David Bandurski

CMP Director

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