Eye-rolling reporter is too much for China's censors

Wednesday, 14 Mar, 2018

Liang Xiangyi (wearing blue suit) from the Chinese finance news service Yicai Media appeared to be so annoyed at Zhang (wearing red in the video clip below) that she was rolling her eyes and giving Zhang incredulous looks.

"I am Zhang Huijun, executive director of American Multimedia Television USA", the journalist began before launching into a 40-second monologue as boring as it was directionless.

A reporter's name is now the most censored term on Chinese social media after she rolled her eyes at a question posed by another journalist at a highly-controlled press conference with top leaders and delegates.

- Liang takes a deep breath and touches her hair, while trying to hide her disgust. Zhang apparently did not help matters with her lengthy and overly flattering question. The channel is known to have a tie-up with China's State broadcaster, CCTV.

GIFs, memes and copycat videos quickly proliferated.

"An eye-rolling representing all people who don't dare to do so", one social media user wrote.

A search for her name returned the result, "according to relevant laws and policies, results for this search can't be shown". On Taobao, the freewheeling online marketplace, vendors began selling T-shirts and cellphone cases bearing her image.

A supposed leaked screenshot between Liang and a friend also circulated on social media, in which Liang responds to her friend's comment that her eye roll was caught on camera by saying that it was "because I was standing beside an idiot. her question was longer than the answer".

Hong Kong's South China Morning Post, citing a fellow journalist, reported that Liang's credentials to cover the congress had been cancelled.

"The transformation of the responsibility of supervision for state assets is a topic that everyone is concerned about".

As the annual meeting of the country's legislature stretched into its second week, the event's canned political pageantry and obsequious (and often scripted) media questions seemingly proved too much for one journalist on Tuesday. With General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party Xi proposing the One Belt One Road Initiative, state-owned enterprises have increased investment to countries along the route of One Belt One Road, so how can the overseas assets of state-owned enterprises be effectively supervised to prevent loss of assets?

"2018 is the 40th anniversary of reform and opening-up", Zhang rambled at one point before declaring: "China will open wider to the outside world". What mechanisms have we introduced so far, and what's the result of our supervision? Liang asks, before signing off with a confident and concise: "Thank you!"