Chinese national media aired Wednesday night’s vice presidential debate between Vice President Mike Pence and Sen. Kamala Harris, however, Chinese censors cut off the feed at the moment US policy toward China was raised.
The debate feed was cut inside China apparently in order to prevent citizens from hearing Pence criticize the Chinese Communist government. While the rest of the world heard Pence explain how “China is to blame” for the coronavirus pandemic, this is what viewers inside China beheld on their screen through the duration of the comments:
It was first noted in a viral tweet by Canada’s Globe and Mail correspondent Nathan VanderKlippe based in Beijing.
He took a photo of his TV screen in Beijing at the moment China was raised by the moderator, noting “China censored Pence’s comments on China. Signal returned when Harris began talking again.”
The text written in both Chinese and English asked viewers to stand by, perhaps misleadingly giving the impression there was a ‘technical difficulty’.