Chinese microblogging platform Weibo announced on Wednesday it had removed the account of Prime Minister Narendra Modi after receiving a shutdown request from the Indian embassy. The decision to close the account, which Modi opened in 2015 and had 244,000 followers, comes just days after a decision by India to ban 59 Chinese-made apps , including TikTok and WeChat, citing national security and privacy concerns. The account closure and app bans come as relations between China and India have spiralled following a high-altitude border clash that resulted in casualties on both sides and left 20 Indian soldiers dead. Top military commanders from the two countries met this week to try and cool the heightening tensions. Modi’s Weibo account had been a tool used to engage with a Chinese audience for the past five years, although he posted only about 100 times. Modi also used to send birthday greetings to Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang. In one of his first Weibo posts in 2015, Modi publish a selfie taken with Li and wrote, "Premier Li Keqiang, Happy birthday to you and wish you a long life. I recall our meeting in May very enthusiastically". He did not send a birthday message to Xi on June 15 and his account was deleted on Li’s July 1 birthday. Modi has also used the platform to send Chinese New Year greetings during the holiday. While dozens of foreign embassies in China have official Weibo and WeChat accounts, Modi was one of the few heads of state to have an official Weibo page, which was launched before his first state visit to China as prime minister in May 2015. According to previous reports on the launch of Modi’s Weibo, his first message was: “Hello China! Looking forward to interacting with Chinese friends through Weibo.” The Indian embassy said at the time this was “a first of a kind attempt by any leader across India”. Chinese state news agency Xinhua welcomed the move by running an article with the headline “Chinese applaud Indian PM Weibo account”. China imposes heavy internet censorship on foreign websites and has its own version of social media platforms, with Weibo being an industry leader. India also made its first comment on Wednesday about the situation in Hong Kong since anti-government protests began last year, saying that it had taken note of “several statements expressing concerns on these developments”. The comment was made during a regular meeting at the Human Rights Council after China imposed a new national security law in the former British colony which critics say erodes the country’s high degree of autonomy promised during the 1997 handover to China.