Beijing censors have ordered media outlets to tone down their reporting of Donald Trump’s inauguration as US president, as the Communist party weighs its response to a new administration that threatens to tear up the rule book of US-China relations. Propaganda officials have ordered the press only to use reports on the ceremony written by central state media, according to several Chinese journalists. “It is forbidden for websites to carry out live streaming or picture reports of the

inauguration,” a copy of censorship instructions seen by the Financial Times said. Internet media outlets should not give the event top billing on their homepages, the instructions add, reminding them to “take care of news comments . . . and negative and harmful speech”. Similar orders are common ahead of big world news events but analysts said in this case they reflected uncertainty in Beijing over how to handle public perceptions of Mr Trump. READ MORE