On the micro-blogging platform Weibo account published a photo of the Chinese Long March-5B launch vehicle exploding, along with a photo of cremation fires burning at night in India under the supervision of people in hazmat suits.
“China is setting fire to India, which is setting fire,” reads the caption, accompanied by a hashtag stating that the number of Indian Covid-19s exceeded 400,000 a day.
The profile that publishes the photos is linked to the Central Commission for Political and Legal Affairs, a powerful body of the ruling Communist Party that oversees the country’s courts and law enforcement agencies. Several other government accounts kept by police and local courts shared the photos.
Although nationalist sentiment against India has risen in recent months due to border disputes, many Chinese social media users have been shocked. “I can̵
“How can this be approved (by the censors)? It is a complete disrespect for human life,” read another.
Even Hu Xidjin, editor-in-chief of the Global Times, a state-run newspaper known for its nationalist stance, criticized the post: “I don’t think it’s appropriate for social media accounts of some Chinese official institutions or other influential forces to make fun of India at the moment.”
Amid the online reaction, the post comparing China’s launch to Covid’s death in India was removed by Weibo. The hashtag associated with the post has also been deleted. Censorship could be a sign of disapproval from party leaders. Just a few days earlier, President Xi Jinping sent condolences to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and offered China’s assistance, following a series of similar promises by Chinese officials – all part of an effort to portray Beijing as a supportive and responsible neighbor.
The incident is the latest example of how a clumsy attempt to incite nationalism can take on a callous note.
On Twitter, Chinese diplomats about “wolf warriors” often post conflicting comments. Last week, Zhao Lijiang, a spokesman for China’s foreign ministry, published a modified version of the famous Japanese Big Wave seal to condemn the release of purified water from the Fukushima nuclear power plant into the ocean. He was criticized as insulting Japanese culture and provoked a quick protest from the Japanese Foreign Ministry.
And in January, when it denied allegations of forced sterilization in Xinjiang, the Chinese embassy in the United States said on Twitter that Uighur women had been “liberated” from extremism and were no longer “baby-making machines.” The post was later removed from Twitter.
Although such posts may gain support from hardline Chinese nationalists – and perhaps recognition from some party leaders – it is China’s international image that ultimately pays the price. And sometimes, as in the case of mockery of the crisis in India, the onset of Beijing’s diplomatic charm, too.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party was defeated in India’s elections in West Bengal.
- North Korea has warned the United States that it will face an “independent crisis” in the near future.
- The Australian government is facing a reaction to the rules, which could see citizens flying home from India up to 5 years in prison.
- In China, meanwhile, a man sailed from the eastern province of Fujian through the Taiwan Strait in the dirt, successfully evading two naval forces to land on the self-governing island.
TikTok has finally appointed a new permanent CEO, eight months after the company’s leader left him as the United States threatened to ban the app.
On Friday, the company announced that it had nominated Shouzi Chew as CEO. He is now CFO of ByteDance, the Chinese owner of TikTok.
Vanessa Papas, who was previously the temporary head of TikTok, is moving to the role of chief operating officer.
“The leadership team of Shou and Vanessa is setting the stage for sustainable growth,” ByteDance CEO Yiming Zhang said in a statement.
“Shou has a deep knowledge of the company and the industry, leading a team that is among our earliest investors and working in the technology sector for a decade. It will add depth to the team, focusing on areas including corporate governance and long-term business initiatives. “
Chew is based in his hometown of Singapore, which suggests that the company no longer feels the need for an American leader.
Last year, TikTok faced a dramatic, months-long battle in the United States after the Trump administration threatened to ban the short video platform unless it sold its American business to a US organization.
But since then, the company has largely stayed out of the spotlight, with little action since US President Joe Biden took office.
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Picture of the day
Tiananmen remembered: Activists are clearing a monument known as the “Pillar of National Sorrow” at Hong Kong University on May 2, 2021 in Hong Kong to mark the anniversary of June 4, 1989, Tiananmen’s repression and the 102nd anniversary of the May Fourth Movement. It is unclear whether the city’s annual candlelight vigil will take place this June following the adoption of a national security law.
Red tourism boom for May Day
China began a five-day national holiday on Saturday to mark May Day, with millions taking advantage of the country’s low number of coronavirus cases to travel inside.
According to Xinhua, 13 Guangdong red tourism sites received 23,000 visits by 3pm on Saturday, up nearly 300% year-on-year, although figures in 2020 may have been lower as a result. of the pandemic, which partially affects travel.
Such sites can also be a welcome alternative to traditional tourist attractions: photos from the weekend show crowds of crowds in Beijing’s Heavenly Temple and the Great Wall.
CNN’s Yong Xiong contributed reports.