Guests put thumbs to work spread­ing Sum­mit news

China Daily (USA) - - G20 2016 CHINA - By ZHANG YUNBI in Hangzhou zhangyunbi@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Pic­tures of hand­shakes with Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping and group photos were fea­tured in the online post­ings of lead­ers at­tend­ing the 11th G20 Lead­ers Sum­mit on Sun­day and Mon­day.

The post­ings, is­sued via Face­book and Twit­ter, as well as China’s lead­ing mi­cro blog Sina Weibo, have also recorded many light mo­ments, such as lead­ers’ in­ter­ac­tion with the Chi­nese pub­lic, their tours and the scenic sur­round­ings through­out the events.

As a slew of bi­lat­eral meet­ings be­tween Xi and the vis­it­ing lead­ers were held on the side­lines of the sum­mit in Hangzhou, photos of the talks quickly found their way onto so­cial net­work­ing plat­forms, like the of­fi­cial Twit­ter ac­counts of Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin and Sin­ga­porean Prime Min­is­ter Lee Hsien Loong.

Lee also posted a pic­ture of the evening gala pre­sented to wel­come lead­ers at Hangzhou’s well-known West Lake on Sun­day, and he praised the “fan­tas­tic show” by Zhang Yi­mou, di­rec­tor of the gala and a lead­ing Chi­nese film­maker.

In­dian Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi posted a group photo of G20 mem­ber lead­ers taken at the start of the sum­mit on his Face­book ac­count and said, “This is an im­por­tant fo­rum to dis­cuss global chal­lenges & how to over­come them.”

In the realm of Chi­nese mi­cro blogs, some lead­ers tweeted of­ten in Man­darin to reach out to the Chi­nese pub­lic.

Justin Trudeau may be one of the lead­ers who posted the most via mi­cro blog. He ar­rived early, on Aug 30, to start his first trip to China as Cana­dian prime min­is­ter, and as of Tues­day he had al­ready posted 21 times about the China trip.

His mes­sages of­fered great va­ri­ety, rang­ing from his daugh­ter to his start­ing a bas­ket­ball game in Shang­hai. His trip to the Great Wall in Bei­jing got the most thumb-ups — more than 1,100.

Brazil­ian Pres­i­dent Michel Te­mer did not miss the chance ei­ther. As of Tues­day, he had 14 post­ings on his mi­cro blog cov­er­ing most of the key mo­ments in his first trip to China as Brazil’s top leader.

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