Chinese reporter's eye roll goes viral

Screen capture of Liang rolling her eyes

Ms Xiangyi said she was rolling her eyes because Ms Huijin, a state news reporter, is an "idiot" and her question was "even longer than the answer".

The eye-roll was broadcast by China Central Television (CCTV) and filmed by many watching.

"I am Zhang Huijun, executive director of American Multimedia Television USA", the journalist began before launching into a 40-second monologue as tiresome as it was directionless.

So next time you roll your eyes at someone or during meetings, make sure no one's looking - and that it's not a televised event too. As Zhang Huijun went on and on for almost 40 seconds, Liang Xiangyi didn't hide how unimpressed she was, as she dramatically rolled her eyes and looked away with disgust.

Of course, this unscripted eye roll has taken a life of its own on social media in China.

Wonderful to see how these two ladies just exploded over Chinese social media in the span of a few hours.

The videos were being deleted by the Chinese government en masse by the evening, with Ms Xiangyi's name becoming the most censored name on the popular social media platform, Weibo.

In one video, three men did a deadpan recreation of the incident.

On messaging app WeChat, people were separating the two reporters into two parties, according to the colours of their clothing. T-shirts and mobile phone covers celebrating Liang's inadvertent and flamboyant show of dissent were selling on online stores such as Taobao. Rumours swirled that she had been fired; the journalist's Weibo account had also been closed. Its president Jason Quin also lists himself on LinkedIn as the president of a Los Angeles Confucius Institute, organisations supported by Beijing that promote Chinese culture and propaganda overseas. Neither Zhang's employer nor Liang's responded to a request for comment on the incident on Tuesday.

"The transformation of the responsibility of supervision for state assets is a topic of universal concern". As the director of the State-Owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council, what new moves will you make in 2018? This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Reform and Opening-up Policy, and our country is going to further extend its openness to foreign countries.

Zhang Huijun, a reporter from a US-based channel with apparent ties to the Chinese government, was there - clad in Communist party red - with the mission of "interrogating" a Chinese official about one of Xi Jinping's pet projects, the Belt and Road initiative.

"What mechanisms have we introduced so far, and what are the results?" Liang asks, before signing off with a confident and concise: "Thank you!"

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