Chinese reporter gets into public spat with US Senator on Twitter, calls her 'lifetime bitch'


Julia Yeo | December 04, 2020, 05:38 PM

Chinese state-owned media China Daily's EU Bureau Chief Chen Weihua has gotten into a very public argument on Twitter with American Senator Marsha Blackburn.

Twitter spat between U.S. Senator and Chinese journalist

Blackburn had sent a tweet on Dec. 3 thanking United States President Donald Trump for "banning cotton produced by forced Uyghur labour".

But she criticised China in a subsequent tweet, claiming that the country "has a 5,000 year history of cheating and stealing".

In response to Blackburn's tweet, Chen wrote:

Less than 30 minutes later, Chen sent another tweet in response to the same statement:

"This is the most racist and ignorant U.S. Senator I have seen. A lifetime bitch," Chen wrote.

Responding to Chen's remarks, Blackburn hit back at Chen with yet another scathing tweet, calling him a "puppet in Xi Jinping's delusional China dream for global domination".

She also called the country "an expert at slaughtering populations".

In yet another response to the same tweet, Chen called Blackburn a "lowlife".

Both continued retweeting other tweets that supported their individual points of view.

Hu Xijin, editor-in-chief of nationalistic state-affiliated media Global Times, has responded to Blackburn too, likening her "cognitive level" to that of a "monkey's".

Blackburn is a junior Senator for Tennessee, a Republican state in the U.S., after she was elected in 2018.

She has been vocal in her support of Trump, and is known for her highly critical views of China.

Chen’s behaviour can be seen as part of the wider trend of Chinese wolf warrior diplomacy, with the latest prominent episode being online attacks on Australia by the Chinese foreign ministry’s spokesperson earlier on Monday (Nov. 30).

While such behaviour might carry an audience cost beyond the Chinese borders, it is often condoned and even rewarded by the state, which caters to domestic audience with strong rhetoric.

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Top image via Chen Weihua/Twitter, Getty Images