A bizarre video released by a Chinese state news agency has accused India of perpetrating “Seven Sins”. In reference to a two-month-old standoff at Doklam, China has resorted to a racial stereotype in order to try and mock India and Indians. This video is part of Xinhua’s new show called ‘Spark’, which features anchor Dier Wang who has accused India of trespassing on Chinese soil. She said that India has violated international law and ‘hijacked’ the tiny kingdom of Bhutan amidst the dispute. Meanwhile, an actor wearing a turban and stick-on beard gives weird answers, to canned laughter. The three-minute video was posted via Xinhua’s English-language account on social network Twitter. Interestingly, Twitter is blocked in China.
In the video, the anchor asks, “Have you ever negotiated with a robber who had broken into your house and refuses to leave?” She adds, “You just call 911 or just fight him back, right?” The actor, who the video shows to be an Indian, answers, “Why call 911. Don’t you wanna play house, bro?” To this, the anchor replies, “If you wanna play, get out of my house first.” Meanwhile, reacting to this video, people on Twitter were amused. While the video did not cause much outrage, Indians found it funny that a state paper has such a weird sense of humour, especially since tensions between such big countries are at one of the highest points ever.
Watch the video here:
— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) August 16, 2017
The trouble in Doklam started in June when India had sent troops to stop China building a road. Doklam is a remote, uninhabited territory claimed by both China and Bhutan. China has repeatedly asked India to withdraw from the area or else face the prospect of an escalation. Chinese state media have warned India of a fate worse than its crushing defeat in a brief border war in 1962. Amidst the conflict and heightened tensions between India and China, Xinhua attempt of a personal attack will not go down well.