The scripted nature of the question mirrored the stage-managed character of the annual parliament, the National People's Congress (NPC), which is a ceremonial event where thousands of handpicked party faithful give unanimous approval to government doctrine.
Her Weibo page has been taken down and search results for her name have also been censored.
Reporters from media outlets based overseas but with ties back to China's state media apparatus are often called on at government events so that Beijing can appear to cede the floor to "foreign" journalists - who will nonetheless toe the party line.
Liang Xiangyi, a TV reporter from financial news outlet Yicai, seemed to find a fellow journalist's long-winded question on China's state asset management too much to bear.
On the sidelines of the country's annual parliament session, a Chinese journalist on Tuesday morning showed her contempt for a fellow reporter's softball question with such force that videos of her facial expression went viral.
"2018 is the 40th anniversary of reform and opening-up", Zhang rambled at one point before declaring: "China will open wider to the outside world".
One online commentator, who used the name Cecillia, wrote on the WeChat social media platform: "These days, you roll your eyes in your heart or behind people's back". This year, it has drawn heightened attention for a constitutional amendment that abolished term limits for President Xi Jinping.
Liang, standing next to the questioner, Zhang Huijun, rolled her eyes, looked Zhang up and down then turned away with another dismissive raising of the eyes.
It was the eye-roll that launched a thousand gifs. Some began superimposing footage of her eye-roll on clips of celebrities spouting nonsense. As Zhang Huijun went on and on for almost 40 seconds, Liang Xiangyi didn't hide how unimpressed she was, as she dramatically rolled her eyes and looked away with disgust.
Liang's image was plastered onto T-shirts and cellphone cases sold on Taobao, China's ever-reactive eBay equivalent.
"Urgent notice: all media personnel are prohibited from discussing the Two Sessions blue-clothed reporter incident on social media", it read. "Without exception, websites must not hype the episode", according to the US-based China Digital Times, which posted the leaked directive.
But in a sign of apparent support, Liang's employer, Yicai Media Group, posted a video of its journalist posing a more streamline, 16-second question to China's commerce minister.
But Liang's epic eye-roll has now grabbed the limelight. Supporters also started flooding Liang's Weibo account with jokes and comments. "Please summarise for us, thank you". And how do you think China's multi-lateral trading system will develop in the future?.