1. Doklam standoff: How Chinese media failed terribly in mocking India, became laughing stock globally

Doklam standoff: How Chinese media failed terribly in mocking India, became laughing stock globally

Doklam standoff: Chinese media's propaganda war against India on Doklam issue has failed to find any takers in the international community comprising of democratic nations.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: August 21, 2017 8:42 PM
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Doklam standoff: Chinese media’s propaganda war against India on Doklam issue has failed to find any takers in the international community comprising of democratic nations. Japan has openly come in support of New Delhi, while the US has embarrassed China by showing no sympathy over the victim card played by China. Not only this, Chinese propaganda machinery, comprising of a bunch of state-sponsored media, including fire-spitting Global Times, has left top global media organisations amused. Global Times has threatened India of war on numerous occasions since the standoff between Indian and Chinese soldiers broke out in mid-June.

Contrary to the position of India and Bhutan, China accuses New Delhi of violating the border in its territory. It claims Indian soldiers challenged Beijing’s sovereignty by stopping the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) from building a road in Doklam region of Sikkim sector, which China claims as its own. With the help of its propaganda machinery, Beijing has been trying to hide the fact that its army was unilaterally trying to change the status quo in a region which belongs to Bhutan and is strategically significant to India.

Chinese media’s reactions to Doklam standoff have been peculiar and, interestingly, all of them include at least four common themes: a) Praise of China’s so-called superior military as compared to India. b) Mockery of India’s economy vis-a-vis China. c) Claim of China’s moral superiority with its so-called desire for peace with neighbours. d) Threatening India with dire consequences, even sometimes with war. These themes have appeared with so much regularity in Chinese media’s editorials and articles, that one wonders if they were all written by the same person?

Unlike India or countries like the US and the UK, there is no free press in China. So, it is futile to imagine that Chinese media can ever be rational or even share the truth. No wonder when recently China’s official Xinhua news agency released a racist video in a bid to highlight India’s ‘Seven Sins’ on Doklam, it not just shocked the international media but invited sharp reactions from across the world. Scores of users on social media even questioned the taste and quality of the video, which was shared exclusively for the international audience. Social media sites like Facebook and Twitter are banned in China.

The Guardian called the Chinese lie, saying, “In recent years, Chinese propaganda chiefs have embraced social media networks as a means of spreading the Communist party’s line overseas.” The CNBC called the video a “racist depiction of Indians”, while 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.”

“Propaganda is not enough for Xinhua, it now also makes racist videos about India. This is really unbelievable coming from state news wire.” tweeted Jojje Olsson, a Swedish writer who has written three books on China.

The New York Times observed, “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.”

Unlike China, media in democratic countries have the right to question their own governments. Its time for China to understand its propaganda machinery can hardly convince the global community with fake claims. Unless, of course, the Communist country gets a dose of democracy for itself.

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    Nithiya Priyan
    Aug 23, 2017 at 2:35 pm
    They are porkistan or chinestan or saitan.
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      Chandra
      Aug 23, 2017 at 11:08 am
      China behaving like a hysterical C-grade heroine. Good entertainment actually...reading their hilarious prose.
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        Thangjom
        Aug 22, 2017 at 2:11 pm
        The fact that Indians reacted vehemently proves that the Chinese video mocking India on Dklam standoff has been an incredible success.
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          Last Word
          Aug 21, 2017 at 10:30 pm
          FT, you are spot on. An apt and logical analysis. I had also commented on Global Times which was published by it. I had commented that China reminding India of 1962 was laughable as Indian troops are now much superior to PLA, well trained in mountain warfare and battle hardened as compared to inexperienced PLA who have not fought a war for decades not even a skirmish against any enemy.
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            Santanu Chatterjee
            Aug 21, 2017 at 10:21 pm
            We do not expect any better comment from a Pakistani. They are the only example of modern day slavery. They have to please their master in China
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              Birinder Singh
              Aug 21, 2017 at 9:55 pm
              "Unlike India or countries like the US and the UK, there is no free press in China." Are you free Financial Express? Funny
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                Muhammad Riyaz
                Aug 21, 2017 at 6:49 pm
                CHINA WILL FLUSH INDIA THE SAME WAY THE STRAWS ARE FLUSHED IN A FAST RUNNING RIVER.
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                  Abhishek Das
                  Aug 21, 2017 at 8:55 pm
                  I don't think, it will be so easy for China to flush India out and if that's the case, then Chinese could have done that till today...but actually they are confused whether they can face India or not...because the era has changed and time has also changed. India is the fastest growing economy in the world now with a growing military, it has the 4th largest defence expenditure on the planet. We have the 2nd largest Army, 4th largest Air Force deployed at every corner at China border, 5th largest Navy ruling the waters of the Indian Ocean where no one can challenge it. We have the 4th most powerful military only after the United States, Russia and the Chinese !! I don't think China will mislead itself by taking India as another Vietnam or Japan, or Phillipines or like any small countries at south china sea with whom it has territorial disputes !!!
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                    Mira
                    Aug 21, 2017 at 9:39 pm
                    Think about what happened in 1962, India was also full of confidence.
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                    Rajkumar
                    Aug 21, 2017 at 9:01 pm
                    Mr Muhammad Riyaz I do not know to which peace of land you belong to, it is a good fantasy to rejoice for you and so many like you . India is a force to reckon world wide barring the people where like you originates, culturally,socially and economically. We do not talk about war we have not ever invaded any part of world. We Indians are peace loving tolerant and brave people to protect us and mankind. It is you who is full of hatred and intolerance.
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                      jeet
                      Aug 21, 2017 at 9:59 pm
                      Yup, the same way indian flush their toilets in pakistans rivers !!
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                        En Vy Mee
                        Aug 21, 2017 at 10:09 pm
                        I like how Pakistani slaves are pretty quick to mock indians without their chinese masters ordering them to stead of running your mouth, go back to work.Your country will never be able to return the loan taken from China for CPEC.Pakis have still not realised this because their hate for India has clouded their senses and reasoning.China is a loan shark and it knows Pakistan cannot repay the debt.But still you won't understand.
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                          pankaj
                          Aug 21, 2017 at 10:12 pm
                          Hope you are not Indian muslim
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                            Mr Musa
                            Aug 21, 2017 at 10:16 pm
                            Yeah...Like Pakistan is getting flushed repeatedly from last 70 years by the world...its India u ...not Pakistan or some lame country
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                              Santanu Chatterjee
                              Aug 21, 2017 at 10:17 pm
                              We do not expect any better comment from a Pakistani because they are the only example of modern day slavery. They must have to please their master in China.
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                                Vipul
                                Aug 21, 2017 at 10:23 pm
                                HOPE YOU CAN BE HAPPY WITH THAT. ONLY SOMEONE WHO HAS HATE AROUND HIMSELF CAN THINK OF SOMETHING LIKE THIS AS HE HAS SEEN NOTHING BUT HATE AROUND HIM AND DOES NOT UNDERSTAND THE CONCEPT OF LOVE AND PEACE.
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                                  Ravishanker Verma
                                  Aug 21, 2017 at 10:24 pm
                                  I am simply amazed :How does this Indo -China impasse affect you? God forbid but if this impasse really convert into a war- then think how you people would survive!
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                                    Nithiya Priyan
                                    Aug 21, 2017 at 10:36 pm
                                    Chinese slaves.
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                                      Sum Ding Wong
                                      Aug 21, 2017 at 10:37 pm
                                      You must be one of those sewage water drinking types from this country called Pakistan? Have they managed to flush out the Rawal lake? Heard its the main drinking water supply and sewage flows into it too. Lol!
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                                        Indian
                                        Aug 21, 2017 at 10:40 pm
                                        Chup re . Boko mat. Go and lick your masters ass.
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