One Woman Rolls Her Eyes and Captivates a Nation

Liang Xiangyi protests with her facial expressions during a press conference in China

The reason - a dramatic, very obvious and exasperated eye-roll she gave to a fellow journalist at a press conference that went viral in China after it was broadcast live on state media.

Liang, standing next to the questioner, Zhang Huijun, rolled her eyes, looked Zhang up and down then turned away with another dismissive raising of the eyes.

According to unverified reports, Liang had been reprimanded by her network and stripped off her press pass.

As the story spread, Liang's employer, Yicai, posted a video of her at last weekend's commerce ministry press conference, ostensibly to contrast her more brief and substantive question to that of Zhang's.

The eye-roll was filmed by state-run broadcaster CCTV and was even filmed on mobile phones by mainland netizens and shared online.

The other woman, American reporter Zhang Huijun of AMTV, is being called "the question-asking bitch" on Chinese social media as people take sides in the battle of "red vs. blue".

For the past week or so, delegates to China's National People's Congress have droned about government policy, stopping occasionally to field prearranged questions.

In the viral video, Liang initially looks amused at the question, but as the length wears on, she sighs and what soon follows is an eye-roll that has become the latest rage online.

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In one video, three men did a deadpan recreation of the incident. Rumours swirled that she had been fired; the journalist's Weibo account had also been closed.

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"The transformation of the responsibility of supervision for state assets is a topic that everyone is concerned about".

People reacted it with amusing videos and jokes.

"2018 is the 40th anniversary of reform and opening-up", Zhang rambled at one point before declaring: "China will open wider to the outside world".

By evening, Liang's name had become the most-censored term on China's Twitter-like Weibo platform. With General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party Xi proposing the One Belt One Road Initiative, state-owned enterprises have increased investment to countries along the route of One Belt One Road, so how can the overseas assets of state-owned enterprises be effectively supervised to prevent loss of assets?

Hong Kong's South China Morning Post, citing a fellow journalist, reported that Liang's credentials to cover the congress had been cancelled. What mechanisms have we introduced so far, and what's the result of our supervision? Some began superimposing footage of her eye-roll on clips of celebrities spouting nonsense.