PUBLISHED : Friday, 05 April, 2013, 11:39am
UPDATED : Saturday, 06 April, 2013, 1:49am

China's ambassador to Washington plans to ‘Facebook’ you - once he gets there


Amy Li began her journalism career as a crime news reporter in Queens, New York, in 2004. She joined Reuters in Beijing in 2008 as a multimedia editor. Amy taught journalism at Southwestern University of Finance and Economics in Chengdu before joining SCMP in Hong Kong in 2012. She is now an online news editor for Amy can be reached at, or follow her on Twitter @AmyLiSCMP

Cui Tiankai, China’s newly-appointed ambassador to Washington, said he might use Facebook to make friends in US - once he gets there.

The 60-year-old Cui previously headed the Asian affairs department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and was China's ambassador to Japan between 2007 and 2009.

Cui had made the remarks weeks before his official arrival in Washington this week.

“The first thing I do once I am there is to make myself known to Americans,” he said during an interview with the Southern Metropolis Daily. “How are they supposed to know China if they don’t even know the ambassador?”

Cui also said Facebook might be his preferred way to communicate with Americans.

If Cui ever goes ahead with his plan, he will be joining his colleagues at the Chinese Embassy in Myanmar, whose Facebook page already attracted more than 600 “likes.”

China is among a few countries to have blocked Facebook, besides North Korea and Iran.


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