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Reporter's dramatic eye-roll to a 'talkative' fellow journalist

A Chinese journalist has become an internet sensation for her exaggerated facial expressions. The scenes were caught on live TV during an important political meeting in Beijing.

It was an eye-roll given within a metre, but powerful enough to break China's internet.

A Chinese journalist has become an online sensation for her exaggerated facial expressions caught on national TV.

The reporter rolled her eyes dramatically at a reporter standing next to her when the latter was asking an extremely lengthy question on a press conference as dozens of journalists fought for attention.

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

Another reporter, Zhang Huijun (in red) is asking a lengthy question to a Chinese official

Her reaction happened to be caught on live television yesterday and her eye-roll quickly became the most popular - and the most censored - topic on the country's social media.

Both reporters were attending a political press conference held by Xiao Yaqing, the head of China's State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission. 

The event was broadcast by China Central Television Station. 

The press conference was a part of the ongoing Two Sessions in Beijing, the two most important meetings the Chinese government holds every year.

Reporters are competing for attention from Xiao Yaqing, the head of China's State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission, and Ms Zhang has been selected

Ms Liang is annoyed as Ms Zhang spends nearly 45 seconds phrasing her question 

It was at this year's Two Sessions that China's top leaders passed a proposal to amend the Constitution which essentially cleared the way for President Xi Jinping to rule the country for as long as he wants.

According to China's Global Times, the reporter who gave the eye-roll is called Liang Xiangyi and she works for a Chinese financial media group, China Business Network 

Standing at Liang's left-hand side is Zhang Huijun, who runs American Multimedia Television USA, a Chinese-language television station based in California.

Ms Zhang was asking questions concerning capital flight and the One Belt, One Road initiatives, among others, in one go. 

Apparently, Ms Liang expressed her dissatisfaction because Ms Zhang spent around 45 seconds phrasing her question in a complex way. This left Mr Xiao just 10 seconds to answer her question.

After a clip of the press conference was uploaded onto the social media yesterday, Liang Xiangyi's name became one of the most searched phrase on China's Twitter-like Weibo platform - so much so that it has become the most censored word in China, according to What's On Weibo.  

The censorship is thought to have happened because the Communist Party of China frowns upon on any form of tabloid news or different opinions coming from its scripted annual meetings.

The incident occurred yesterday during China's Two Sessions, an important political occassion

During this year's Two Sessions, the Chinese Constitution was amended which essentially means President Xi Jinping (pictured, central) could rule for as long as he wants

The majority of the public seem to give support to Ms Liang calling her a 'straight-forward', 'unpretentious' and 'lovely' reporter. 

On the other hand, Ms Zhang has been dubbed a 'question-raising b****', the internet slang for a person who seems to be asking a question but in fact is hogging the limelight. 

While commenting on the matters, Hu Xijin, a left-wing editor-in-chief, urged the authority not to censor the footage which features Ms Liang's eye-roll.

Mr Hu apparently wrote on his Weibo account: 'It's this kind of stuff that the public like the most. It's in the human nature and DNA and can't be changed.

'The members of the Communist Party must follow political rules all the time, but ordinary people don't. Ordinary people like reading about gossip too when they look at politics. This is no big deal.'

It appears that Mr Hu's above comment has been blocked too by China's ruthless internet controllers. 

What did Ms Zhang ask?

Below is a translation of the words said by Ms Zhang in the 45 seconds.

'I am the executive director of American Multimedia Television USA, Zhang Huijun. Here is my question.

'The transformation of the responsibility of supervision for state assets is a topic everyone concerns right now. Therefore, as the head of China's State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission, in 2018 what measures will you put into place?

'This year is the 40th anniversary of China's economic reform, and our country is going to further extend its openness to the outside. As General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party Xi proposing the One Belt, One Road initiatives, state-owned companies have stepped up in investing in the countries along the route of the said initiatives. 

'As such, how can the overseas assets of these state-owned companies be monitored and controlled in an effective way to prevent the loss of the assets? What supervising mechanisms have we introduced so far, and what's the result of our supervision? 

'Please would you introduce it for us? Thank you.'