India, April 9 -- A Chinese court has handed down a 14-month jail term to performance artist and online influencer Chen Shaotian following his critical comments about life under the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) posted on Twitter.

Chen was sentenced to one year and two months' imprisonment by the Fugou County People's Court in Henan, which found him guilty of "picking quarrels and stirring up trouble," a charge frequently used to target critics of the regime, reports Radio Free Asia.

Chen's sentence, which was issued on March 25, was based on more than 50 posts he made to Twitter that were deemed to be 'hype about major sensitive events in China" and "political attacks', reports the news portal.

According to the Radio Free Asia ...