Nancy Pelosi’s Beijing Arrest for ‘Hooliganism’ Is Trending on Weibo

Nancy Pelosi’s Beijing Arrest for 'Hooliganism' Is Trending on Weibo

Nancy Pelosi’s controversial visit to Taiwan on Tuesday caused a stir on Chinese social media Weibo. The latest trending topic is titled “US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Detained by Beijing Police Station,” which has nearly two million views and over a thousand chat posts.

The trending topic has little to do with Pelosi’s recent and controversial visit to Taiwan. Chinese users post about Pelosi being detained in Beijing in 1991. One post is captioned: “Pelosi was detained by Beijing police for several days on suspicion of hooliganism in Beijing over 100 years ago. 30 years. Since then, she has held a grudge against China and is keen on her anti-China cause.

Weibo users are using this newly discovered fact to underscore their perception of Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan as part of long-running anti-China sentiment, after the Chinese government issued blunt warnings to the US government that she does not travel to Taiwan, so as not to send a “bad signal to separatist forces for ‘Taiwan independence'”.

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Screenshot of trending topic on Weibo.

In 1991, Pelosi, still a congresswoman from California, was detained alongside two other former representatives of the house, Democratic Rep. Ben Jones of Georgia and Republican Rep. John Miller of Washington for placing a white flower and unfurling a small black banner in English and Chinese that read, “To those who died for democracy in China.” on a monument near Tiananmen Square.

This banner referred to those who died during the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, which were student protests in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square that resulted in an estimated hundreds to thousands of deaths. Student protesters demanded greater political freedom under the ruling Communist Party. On June 3 and 4, Chinese troops were sent to the square, where they opened fire, crushed and arrested protesters to regain control.

Pelosi was in China two years later on a self-proclaimed “human rights” mission to publicize the fact that more than a thousand Chinese dissidents were still imprisoned for participating in the Tiananmen protests, from The Baltimore Sun.

Weibo users describe it differently, however. They call Pelosi’s behavior “hooliganism” and call her a “criminal” with a “grudge.” They attribute this detention to the root of his “anti-China” beliefs.

Chinese social media users are also disappointed with their government for taking no concrete action against Pelosi after his visit to Taiwan, despite initial threats. People complain of feeling abandoned by the government. A A Weibo user said “Don’t pretend to be able if you don’t have the power. What a loss of face!

In response to a question from the press on Wednesday regarding people’s disappointment with China’s lack of concrete action, said a spokesman for the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, “The Chinese people are rational patriots. We have full confidence in the ability of our country and our government to firmly defend our sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Since Pelosi visited Taiwan on Tuesday, Weibo has heated up over the issue, where users all pile in to express their visit to what Pelosi’s visit means for their country’s future and the possibility of takeover of Taiwan by China. Another trending topic on Weibo encouraged Chinese readers to join the military and buy a cheap home in Taiwan if it succeeds in gaining control of the region.

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