Hillary Clinton Calls Out Chinese President On Women’s Rights Record, Twitter War Follows

By : Kieron Curtis |


Screen Shot 2015 09 28 at 23.47.28 Hillary Clinton Calls Out Chinese President On Womens Rights Record, Twitter War FollowsBryan R. Smith/AP
It was never a secret that the USA and China do not see eye to eye on a wide variety of issues, but one topic in particular has just been made very public.

67-year-old Hillary Clinton has demonstrated she is very much ‘down with the kids’ and started a Twitter spat with China.

It all started last Sunday morning as the United Nations prepared for a meeting on women’s rights and equality, with one of those present being Chinese President Xi Jinping.

In fact the meeting was called to commemorate the 20th anniversary of a groundbreaking conference on the same topic in Beijing. But the summit had yet to even start when Clinton took to social media to bring its integrity into question.

The Democratic presidential candidate was protesting the mere presence of Jinping, due to he and his nation’s track record on women’s rights. As recently as March of this year China arrested five female activists who were plotting a campaign raising awareness of sexual harassment on public transport.

Clinton tweeted:

What ensued was at times powerful, sometimes baffling, but always entertaining.

But not everyone was quite so enthusiastic.

One Chinese publication launched a scathing review of Clinton, likening her to Donald Trump of all people, attempting to stir up trouble to chase votes.

The Global Times editorial said:

Hillary was a lawyer, the former hostess of the White House, and also a senior leader in the government. It is a pity that even the former first lady has also thrown away her decency and reputation only to gain a leg up in the election.

And there was very little love for the potential first female president on home soil either.

And some people got a little too excited.

It is worth highlighting the arrested activists have since been released on bail, but they are subject to intense state observation for at least the next year.

Is there no topic Twitter cannot degrade into a petty slanging match?


The Washington Post