Chinese President Xi Jinping paid a visit to the Beijing headquarters of three state media outlets on Friday – CCTV, People’s Daily and Xinhua News Agency.

His visit generated much excitement among mainland Chinese reporters graced by his presence, with CCTV especially proud of their “exclusive”.

A banner spotted at the office stated: “CCTV’s family is The Party; Absolute loyalty; Please inspect us”.

Foreign correspondents and journalists on Twitter were also greatly amused by the surreal scenes.

China Xinhua News tweeted Xi’s wisdom from its official account: “President #XiJinping visits Xinhua HQ in Beijing, encourages journalists to write stories that ‘people like to read’”…

Over in the mainland, Chinese netizens were so fervent in their outpouring of admiration, it was difficult to gauge whether some were being ironic. A post about Xi Jinping visiting CCTV was liked and shared more than 10,000 times on Weibo.

“Xi Dada is so cute!” netizens said.

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