"Hello China! Looking forward to interacting with Chinese friends through Weibo," Modi wrote in his first post in Chinese language on the platform, which is akin to Twitter.

His account Connect with PM Narendra Modi has registered over 7,000 hits in the first hour after it was opened today with many welcoming his initiative to join the most popular interactive social media platform in China.

While one blogger praised him as handsome another greeted him saying welcome weibo.

"One more international personality joined Weibo," read one post.

Several international leaders including British Prime Minister David Cameron joined Weibo to step up interaction with Chinese people.

There was also a jarring note with comment by one user stating that Southern Tibet is part of China, which is Beijing’s official stand.

China claims Arunachal Pradesh as part of Southern Tibet. Modi is expected to make his fist visit to China from May 14 to 16 as Prime Minister, though he was regular visitor to Beijing when he was the Chief Minister of Gujarat.

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