After the Russian embassy in China posted their first tweet on Tencent Weibo on Tuesday, they received 14,000 comments. Feedback from netizens ranged from kind embarrassingly obsequious, to embarrassingly xenophobic and nationalistic.
The Russian embassy in China launched its first Tencent Weibo after Foreign Ministry spokesperson Qin Gang announced the news that Xi Jinping would visit Moscow as his first official foreign trip as Chinese president.
@Russian Embassy in China: Hello everyone! This is the Russian Embassy in China. Today we launched a Weibo here, you’re welcome to follow us!
Following this tweet, most of the replies were unfriendly or even downright attacking. Netizens asked Russian to return the territory that China claims sovereignty over, and to undo the damage caused by Russia’s foremost export: Marxism-Leninism.
@俞天任：Return our territory and take away the party.
@公民－居民弹道无痕：Strongly suggest Russian Embassy in China to take the madness of the people away from our country, and also take away their legacy: loyalty to red revolution and their heroes.
@黄来福：I don’t know why our government let us to respect the pirates who invaded our territory.
@hero032812： Russia is an evil existence to the whole world.
@春色：(You) exported revolution to the Heavenly Dynasty and afflicted Chinese people.
@孤鸿剑儿：You can keep the territory, but be sure to take back your gang of ax and sickle.
@不了了之：Russian, return Chinese territory and take back your ax party.
Not all netizens were angry however:
@书海一粟伏尸白布：I support the precious friendship between China and Russia. And I love our country.
@天长龙：The deepened cooperation between Russia and China will be good for the two countries and for the whole world.
@毛佳健：Personally speaking, a good relationship between Russia and China is really important.
@Alex_花花：Chinese welcomes you!
The comments on the original post soon devolved into a war of words between pro- and anti-Russian netizens. Welcome to Weibo.
[Translated by Jiawei Liu, additional tweets via Hug China]