The Weibo users had a field day today as they urged the authorities to build a hotpot restaurant at the place of the American consulate in Chengdu.
Soon after Beijing ordered the closure of the American consulate in Chengdu as a tit-for-tat move to Washington’s early decision to close the Chinese consulate in Houston, Chinese social media users were engaged in a heated debate over what should be done now with the building.
The topic page garnered over 870 million views on Weibo just after 5 pm Beijing time, a Chinese publication reported on Friday.
China had ordered the United States to close its consulate in the city of Chengdu earlier on Friday, responding to a US demand this week that China closes its Houston consulate, as relations between the world’s two largest economies deteriorate.
The order to close the consulate in Chengdu, in southwestern China’s Sichuan province, was seen as roughly reciprocal in terms of scale and impact, continuing China’s recent practice of like-for-like responses to US actions.
On Weibo, more than two million people liked one of the news posts reporting on the closure of the consulate in Chengdu.
Interestingly, the most popular comment with a maximum engagement receiving over 231,000 thumbs up propounded to directly turn the consulate into a hotpot restaurant.