Twitter is banned in China. But in a weird twist, sites that let users send fake (albeit very convincing) tweets from President Trump have become a national obsession.
Jike, a startup that generates fake Trump tweets, said more than a million fake @realdonaldtrump tweets had been generated just four days after the site launched.
The tweets range from cracking jokes, selling products and sending Lunar New Year greetings -- and some have matched Trump's writing style perfectly.
A few examples:
- "Make America GREAT BRITAIN Again!"
- "All the universities should cancel the homework and exams for Chinese students to enjoy the Spring Festival!"
- @realdonaldtrump wants to buy a jianbing (street food) and wants Mexico to pay for it.
- @realdonaldtrump's "favorite boy band" is South Korea's GOT7, which he called "so cute!"
Trump has an extremely iconic image. His Twitter content can easily spark conversations in China.
Jike co-founder Lin Hang said despite Trump's comments about Taiwan and the South China Sea, many in China are fascinated with Trump, viewing him as a symbol of American showmanship.
It's a lot of jokes because the trade issues don't feel like they affect our ordinary lives.
Vincent Zhang, a 37-year-old employee at a Chinese online dating site, said most young Chinese people had a neutral view of Trump, but that might change if his policies made it more difficult for people to get U.S. visas.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.