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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