1. ‘Racist depiction, insult of PM Modi’: How world media reacted to China’s bizarre video against India

‘Racist depiction, insult of PM Modi’: How world media reacted to China’s bizarre video against India

China's state run media have released a propaganda video that tries to mock India over the Doklam standoff and the overall border dispute. How the popular foreign media reacted.

By: | Published: August 18, 2017 4:55 PM
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China’s state run media have released a propaganda video that tries to mock India over the Doklam standoff and the overall border dispute. This video has sparked accusations of racism. The clip made in English accuses India of committing ‘7 sins’, and features a Chinese actor in a turban, speaking in a fake Indian accent. Xinhua news agency published the clip on Wednesday from a chat show. It has been met with both amusement and anger in India. The video, titled as “7 Sins of India”, has a female anchor, Dier Wang, who is seen listing out China’s grievances against India regarding the ongoing border dispute in the Doklam area, that borders three nations- China, India and Bhutan. It is the latest episode of an online series called The Spark, an English-language online chat show recently launched by Xinhua.

The video was posted on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. Interestingly all the three are blocked in China and inaccessible. It is even more interesting to see what China, known for its propaganda, is trying to do since Xinhua has more than 10 million followers on Twitter; the Facebook page of the recently rebranded state broadcaster, CGTN, has more than 50m likes. Meanwhile, many newspapers and online news portal reported and reacted to the video. Most of them said that the two Asian giants are already weighed down by tensions in the border areas, and such a bizarre video will only add to the conflict. Meanwhile, some of the papers said that people are more bemused than outraged by the whole issue. Look at some of the reactions in popular foreign media:

What The Guardian said:

“Indians have reacted with bemusement and outrage at a ‘racist’ video posted online by Chinese state media.”

“As a presenter lists India’s perceived misdeeds, the video repeatedly cuts to a Chinese man wobbling his head, wearing a fake beard and turban, and appearing to feign an Indian English accent.”

“It portrays Bhutan, which asked Delhi for military assistance to repel the Chinese, as an unwilling participant in the conflict and a victim of Indian bullying.”

“In recent years, Chinese propaganda chiefs have embraced social media networks as a means of spreading the Communist party’s line overseas.”

Watch the video here:

What CNBC said:

“In portraying seven examples of alleged mistakes made by New Delhi in the border standoff, the video mocked India’s concern about Chinese road construction in the disputed zone, which it likened to a man ‘building a path in his garden’.”

“It contained racist depictions of Indians and insulted Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s administration.”

“Aside from land skirmishes, bilateral ties between the two Asian giants are also weighed down by maritime tensions in the Indian Ocean.”

What 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.”

What The New York Times said:

“Xinhua, the official news agency of China’s central government, attempts to use humor to discredit India’s contention that China is not the rightful owner of a strategic stretch of land in the Himalayas.”

“The three-minute clip offers stereotypes, stilted jokes and canned laughter, using a scissors-wielding man with a fake beard and a turban to represent India. He is shown at various points snoring loudly, waving his arms in fear and using scissors to threaten a man representing a neighboring country, Bhutan.”

“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.”

What BBC said:

“The video appears to be solely targeted at a foreign audience. It is delivered entirely in English and appears on Xinhua’s YouTube, Twitter and Facebook feeds – services which are banned in China.

“Chinese reports say the online chat show aims to “comment on hot domestic and international topics from China’s perspective and with an international vision”.

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  1. Jay Javier
    Aug 19, 2017 at 9:53 pm
    'International Law" China is quick to quote this when it is in her favour, and even quicker to denounce it when it runs counter to her greedy interests. Take the UNCLOS for instance.
    1. K
      Aug 19, 2017 at 4:11 pm
      China first needs to get out of Tibetan and Hongkong house. Looks the new Pakistan friend has influenced the s very well. BTW Nice english by this chowmien girl. M sure she took a crash course in English speaking.
      1. H
        Aug 19, 2017 at 12:48 am
        Racist you must be joking the most racist race is Indian they will discriminate on religion caste,color and gender
        1. Shreepal Singh
          Aug 18, 2017 at 9:45 pm
          ..correction .. they think they are RULING the world .... .... which video is NOT shown to Chinese people ...
          1. Shreepal Singh
            Aug 18, 2017 at 9:40 pm
            Now see the misdeeds of the so-called "communist" gangs of China! They think that they are the world - a sign of low intellect. India and the world is listening to their "misdeeds" and - in turn - they are fooling themselves. Chinese ruling gangs must understand that the world community now more than ever is worried of the suffering of the Chinese people at the hands of these gangs, who call themselves communists but are nothing but a brute national gang of dictators. The state clique there is so dumb that they do not understand that by showing a mocking video - that is available to Chinese people - they are mocking themselves, which is clear from the reaction of the world media.
            1. Nrasimha Prakash
              Aug 18, 2017 at 9:15 pm
              Where are our commie comrades. They have no comments on the Doklam because their god fathers cannot be blamed.
              1. V
                Aug 18, 2017 at 6:59 pm
                Obviously, when you have no legal standing, all you can do is "bla bla." on the internet.
                1. V
                  Vishwas Patil
                  Aug 18, 2017 at 6:33 pm
                  China's ruling people cannot be called as a Government but a mafia gang. Their gagging their own people, jailing intellectuals, jailing pro-democracy youths in Hong Kong, conniving with North Korea, bullying all its neighbours, disregarding international courts - all goes on to show the real traits of the mafia - unaccountable and uncontrolled. The free world better concentrate on bringing democracy in China than bothering about Gulf countries or North Korea. Making Chinese companies bleed by losses is the best remedy as most are owned by Chinese leaders. Economic meltdown will hurt common Chinese for some time but will help them a lot in the long term.
                  1. C
                    CPC Hunter
                    Aug 18, 2017 at 5:39 pm
                    Xi pig5hit is lowering his standards every single day. Matter of fact the real face of Communist Party of China is getting exposed to the world. It's good actually. Everyone is getting to see the NAKED face of Chinese leadership and what they stand for. My family has stopped buying Every single chinese made product. If someone raises mobile phone issue - there are korea made LG/Samsung phones available, I had to pay 2.5k more for LG phone but I don't mind it.
                    1. H
                      Aug 19, 2017 at 12:45 am
                      Indians are the most facist people on this earth they discriminate religious,caste,color and also gender
                      1. K
                        Aug 19, 2017 at 4:15 pm
                        And chinese are the land mafias. All they do is getting into others home and naming it in their stupid la guage.. Wait for the day when all chinese land will not be chinese.
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