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China loves Bolton's book for embarrassing Trump, but not the parts about Xi

June 26, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Limits on John Bolton's China revelations go beyond simply not covering the matter: there is evidence of discussion of the book being censored on two of the biggest platforms on the Chinese internet.

When it comes to Bolton's allegations that Trump asked Chinese President Xi Jinping for reelection help and voiced approval for mass detention camps in the Muslim-majority region of Xinjiang, Chinese media has largely stayed quiet.

Limits on Bolton's China revelations go beyond not covering the matter: there is evidence of discussion of the book being censored on two of the biggest platforms on the Chinese internet.

Users on Weibo -- a Twitter-like service -- complained they were unable to comment on the book or share passages from it, while on WeChat, China's largest messaging app, posts about Bolton appeared to be being hidden or deleted.

There is something Xi might want to hide: According to Bolton, the Chinese leader said he wanted to work with Trump for another six years, assuming he would be reelected.

In the one response to a question about Bolton that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has published online, spokesman Zhao said: "You may need to ask the US side for what was mentioned in the book. "

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