Reporter's eye-roll steals spotlight at Chinese parliament


On Tuesday one Chinese journalist hinted - in side-splitting fashion - at which side of the row she was on with an eye-roll so theatrical it set the internet alight and - in these politically treacherous times - may also have landed her in trouble.

Ms Xiangyi said she was rolling her eyes because Ms Huijin, a state news reporter, is an "idiot" and her question was "even longer than the answer".

Questioner Zhang Huijun described herself as an American journalist working for American Multimedia Television USA, although she made several references to China as "our country" as she spoke.

While some netizens proclaimed Liang "my new hero", others slammed the reporter for her lack of professionalism and not realising she was being filmed.

On Sunday, Xi Jinping set himself up as China's leader for life, scrapping presidential term limits in a dramatic power play that experts believe could open up cavernous divisions within the Communist party elite.

Liang's image was plastered onto T-shirts and cellphone cases sold on Taobao, China's ever-reactive eBay equivalent.

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Impeccably coiffed and sporting a bright blue suit jacket, Yicai financial news service reporter Liang Xiangyi sighed and raised a sceptical eyebrow at another journalist's query to a delegate at a National People's Congress press event Tuesday.

But in an autocracy, the empire usually strikes back: By the end of the day, Liang Xiangyi's name had been censored on China's largest search engines, the video deleted from Chinese websites and millions of Chinese netizens were suddenly anxious about what would become of their newfound hero. On Liang's Weibo account which quickly soared to 100,000 followers and kept climbing, supporters flooded her with jokes and comments of support. Searches for the terms on Weibo result will bring up a message that reads, "According to relevant laws and policies, results for this search can't be shown".

"The transformation of the responsibility of supervision for state assets is a topic of universal concern".

"With 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 the loss of national assets?"

Hong Kong's South China Morning Post, citing a fellow journalist, reported that Liang's credentials to cover the congress had been cancelled.

"What mechanisms have we introduced so far, and what are the results? Please summarise for us, thank you".