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Computer screens display the fake tweets that online users can self generate at a Chinese website in Beijing, China, Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017. Online users are flocking to a new Chinese website that lets them generate images of fake tweets that look just like those sent by President Donald Trump’s distinctive personal Twitter account_ replete with his avatar and a real-time timestamp. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

China is obsessed with sending fake Trump tweets even though Twitter is banned

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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.
Lin Hang, co-founder of Jike

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

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.

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