Chinese censors blocked the country’s viewers from seeing or hearing Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday during Pence’s denunciation of China for its role in failing to stop the coronavirus pandemic, according to multiple news reports.
The censorship was first noted by Nathan VanderKlippe, a Beijing correspondent for Canada’s Globe and Mail, who tweeted what China’s viewers saw once Pence began speaking.
“China censored Pence’s comments on China. Signal returned when Harris began talking again,” VanderKlippe said.
China censored Pence’s comments on China. Signal returned when Harris began talking again. pic.twitter.com/0VEMAqDA95
— Nathan VanderKlippe (@nvanderklippe) October 8, 2020
“What it looks like when China censors a vice-presidential debate after a question about China is asked — and then lifts the blackout when conversation appears set to move on,” he said in a follow-up tweet.
What it looks like