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

Reporter on left rolls her eyes

Reporter on left rolls her eyes

T-shirts and mobile phone covers celebrating Liang's inadvertent and flamboyant show of dissent were selling on online stores such as Taobao.

The eye-roll in question came in response to a characteristically servile question at one of the heavily-scripted press conferences held on the sidelines of China's annual parliament, the national people's congress. Liang Xiangyi was spotted giving a dramatic and exasperated eye-roll to a fellow journalist identified as Zhang Huijun from American Multimedia Television (AMTV) when she asked a question along with praise for the government.

Liang Xiangyi, a correspondent for the Shanghai-based Yicai financial news network, reacts on Tuesdy, March 13, 2018, as another reporter questions a government official on the subject of state asset supervision. She is then seen turning around to look at the reporter.

This also led to censors trying to contain the hysteria as Liang's name became the second most blocked name on Weibo.

Its nearly 3,000 delegates on Sunday almost unanimously endorsed a controversial constitutional amendment that removed presidential term limits, paving the way for Xi Jinping to rule the country indefinitely.

Apparently desperate to stop the incident upsetting their intensely choreographed spectacle, authorities warned Chinese journalists to close their eyes to the eye roll.

The eye-roll was broadcast by China Central Television (CCTV) and filmed by many watching.

Liang's reaction struck a chord with netizens on Chinese social media site Weibo.

Another saluted "an eye-rolling representing all people who don't dare to do so". In one video, three men recreated the incident with a deadpan expression.

On the messaging app WeChat, people jokingly separated Liang and the questioner into two parties based on the colour of their clothing. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Reform and Opening-up Policy, and our country is going to further extend its openness to foreign countries.

But in a sign of apparent support, Liang's employer, Yicai Media Group, posted a video of its journalist posing a more streamline, 16-second question to China's commerce minister. 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? "Please summarise for us, thank you".