BEIJING – US President Donald Trump will be able to use his Twitter account during his upcoming official visit to China, where the social network is blocked due to censorship, a senior Chinese government official said on Friday.
Trump, whose fondness for tweeting has led to his involvement in many controversies, is expected to arrive in Beijing late Wednesday on his first official visit to the Asian giant and is scheduled to leave early Friday.
“About how President Trump communicates around the world, it is something you don’t need to worry about,” said China’s Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Zheng Zeguang, in statements to a group of journalists on Friday.
Very considerate preparations have been made for Trump and his wife, Melania, to offer them warm hospitality in Beijing, he added.
However, Twitter, as well as Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Google and many other social networks or internet pages are blocked in China and are victims of the so-called Great Firewall that censors content from abroad.
That prohibition can only be circumvented with VPN (virtual private network) services that connect to an external server before reaching the prohibited pages, but the companies that offer the service are also under attack from Chinese cybernetic authorities, including a threat of formal prohibition.
But Chinese authorities are eager to offer Trump the same warm and friendly hospitality that the White House offered to President Xi Jinping and his wife, Peng Liyuan, during their stay in Mar-a-lago (Florida) in April on the occasion of the first bilateral meeting between the two presidents.