‘7 sins of India’: Chinese state media mock New Delhi over border row (VIDEO)
Chinese state news agency Xinhua has released a video mocking India over disputed territory in the Himalayas. The video caused a stir among the Indian public, with comments ranging from “racism” to “funny.”
The three-minute clip, titled ‘Seven sins of India’, was released on Xinhua’s show ‘The Spark’ on Wednesday.
Both China and Indian ally Bhutan have been disputing the narrow Doklam plateau at the tri-junction of the three countries’ borders for decades. India says the area is Bhutanese.
“When the whole world is trying to wake India up from its impulse, China’s realized it’s impossible to awaken a guy who is pretending to be asleep,” the program anchor, Dier Wang, said ironically.
The video then shows a person said to depict a ‘typical’ representative of the Indian Sikh minority, wearing a turban, sunglasses and a fake beard.
“Nobody’s blaming me because I am asleep,” the man says with an Indian accent. His words are followed by canned laughter.
The presenter then asks viewers to take a look at “seven sins” India allegedly committed in the disputed Doklam area in the last two months, including “trespassing” across the Chinese border and “violating international law.”
“Didn’t your mama tell you never break the law? (sic)?” Wang asked. The Indian man then awkwardly threatens a Bhutanese man with a pair of scissors, shouting that he is protecting the small nation.
“I’m here protecting it. Is this your home here?” the heavily-accented Sikh asks the ‘terrified’ Bhutanese man, who replies: “No, not my home.”
The presenter repeatedly stresses that China “has a strong will” to solve the problem “peacefully,” provided India withdraws its troops from the disputed region. “However, India is so thick-skinned that it is on the one hand crying for talk but on the other hand refusing to withdraw,” she said, comparing India to a “robber.”
Tensions between Beijing and New Delhi escalated in June when Chinese teams began building a road on the plateau. Bhutan requested help from India, which sent troops across the border, Beijing claimed. China responded with military drills in Tibet, not far from the disputed area.
The video didn’t go unnoticed in India. The Hindustan Times newspaper said the video had “racist overtones that mocked and parodied Indians.”
The internet community also wasn’t short of words, with some saying the video is merely an example of Chinese propaganda.
One user posted a “Seven sins of China” review, in which he accused it of “executing people,”“claiming territories that don’t belong to China” and having “the most polluted environment in the world.”
“How stupid is imitating an Indian accent without opening their eyes like Indians do?” another person wondered.
“Sheer stupidity and a lie,” “Why make fun of Sikhs?” and ”Cheap thoughts,” said angry comments under the video.
Propaganda is not enough for Xinhua, it now also makes racist videos about India. This is really unbelievable coming from state news wire. https://t.co/doU7bPO8J1— Jojje Olsson (@jojjeols) 17 августа 2017 г.
Others, however, insisted that although the clip poked fun at India, the video was “funny” and “amusing.”
“Seems like China has gone crazy...I’m loving it...keep barking...dogs are made for a reason,” one person wrote.
“Didn't know that the Chinese had a sense of humor,” another person added.
Former army colonel Ajai Shukla noted that Xinhua isn't quite sure if it is producing “a spoof or a propaganda piece.”
Not to be missed. This is China's official sense of humour! Xinhua isn't quite sure whether it's producing a spoof... or a propaganda piece. https://t.co/8rNxG5CJXI— Ajai Shukla (@ajaishukla) 17 августа 2017 г.
There were also people who called upon all parties involved in the dispute to resolve the issue peacefully.
“Media is bringing hatred in people of both the nation. Respect Indians and Chinese. Let’s try bring in peace. I know there are still some people who want peace between both the nations. Let’s make the world a better place to live,” one person wrote.