After facing global criticism for its racist rant against India with ‘7 sins’ video, Chinese state media has come with another anti-India video but cut down on racism. The video released by China’s official news agency Xinhua is apparently a part of a series called “Talk India”. The video is in line with Chinese state media’s propaganda tactics against India, which is a combination of moralising lecture and apparent threats against India.
The new video has toned down on racism but voices Beijing’s fake claim that India, not China’s People’s Liberation Army, violated the border in Doklam area, which China calls as Donglang. “Donglang is a Chinese territory…India has been moving into the Chinese territory for two months now… China has asked India to withdraw unconditionally,” the video says.
It further claims that India’s move in June challenged China’s sovereignty, violated international law, and challenged regional stability. On the lines of false claims made by China, since the start of the standoff, this video too voices the view which is completely opposite to the version given by Bhutan and India. Both the countries have said that Chinese military first violated the border and crossed into the Bhutanese territory on the tri-junction of the three countries at the border in Sikkim sector.
Xinhua video further says, “Since China and India believe in five principles of peaceful co-existence, India should take a long-term view of working with China strengthen trust and manage distrust.” But it leaves veiled threats, claiming the border standoff would lead to “strategic myopia” for India, shows “strategic distrust” of New Delhi and “could even hurt” the latter’s interests.
— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) August 20, 2017
Last week, Chinese media released a racist propaganda video accusing India of committing ‘7 sins’, featuring a Chinese actor in a turban, speaking in a fake Indian accent. The video from a Chinese chat show was published by Xinhua on Wednesday. The video shocked global media and invited criticism. “In recent years, Chinese propaganda chiefs have embraced social media networks as a means of spreading the Communist party’s line overseas,” the Guardian commented on the video.
CNBC said, “It (video) contained racist depictions of Indians and insulted Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s administration.”
Criticising the video, The Washington Post said, “State-run news agency (posted) a bizarre video mocking India as a bad neighbor – with an actor wearing a turban, fake beard speaking in a put-on Indian accent. Indian netizens immediately denounced the video as racist.”
The New York Times said, “Hoping to move away from the dull propaganda of an earlier era, the ruling Communist Party has in recent years turned to rap songs, animations and comedy skits to convey talking points. But many of those forays have been criticized as strained and over the top.”