Twitter Account Appears With Chinese Translations of Trump’s Tweets, Attracting the Attention of Mainland Chinese

September 16, 2018 Updated: September 16, 2018

A social media account that translates U.S. President Donald Trump’s tweets into Chinese recently appeared on Twitter. The account profile says: “Follow U.S. President Trump’s Twitter and get timely updates so that Chinese all around the world can understand Trump’s concepts of governance!” The account, which opened in September, attracted more than 13,000 followers within 3 days. At the time of writing, there are over 18,000 followers.

Although this account is not official, the translations are styled very similarly to Trump’s choice of words. Many Chinese netizens mistakenly thought that Trump had launched a Chinese Twitter account. Others guessed that this account was perhaps opened by Chinese people who support Trump.

Many Chinese reacted to China-related tweets, such as this one initially posted by Trump on Sept. 13: “The Wall Street Journal has it wrong, we are under no pressure to make a deal with China, they are under pressure to make a deal with us. Our markets are surging, theirs are collapsing. We will soon be taking in Billions in Tariffs & making products at home. If we meet, we meet?”

Many retweeted the Chinese translation of Trump’s tweet. Some replied, “President, you can do it!” “Keep up the good work!”

China commentator Wei Pu mentioned recently in an interview with Radio Free Asia that many elite Chinese intellectuals are optimistic about Trump and “treat him as the savior of the United States.”

The Chinese-language Epoch Times also reported that lawyers in China, such as human rights lawyer Sui Muqing, have praised Trump as “the second Ronald Reagan,” the U.S. president known for his anti-communist stance.

Since the China–U.S. trade dispute started, many mainland Chinese have left messages on the Weibo account—a Chinese social media platform similar to Twitter—of the U.S. embassy in China, where they openly expressed their support on Trump and believed that the trade war would ultimately result in a good outcome for Chinese people.e.

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