The Chinese Communist Party’s law enforcement agency has released a post mocking the COVID-19 death crisis in India following a fierce online reaction in China, according to a report.
The Central Commission for Political and Legal Affairs posted on its official Sina Weibo account, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, sharing images of a Chinese rocket launching into fires in India.
It was titled, “China is setting fire to India – fire.”
An accompanying hashtag notes that coronavirus cases in severely affected India exceed 400,000 a day, Bloomberg News reported.
The image in the account, which has 15 million followers, quickly went viral and caused a howl of outrage from users angered by the publication. U
“I don’t think it’s appropriate for social media accounts of certain Chinese official institutions or other influential forces to be ridiculed in India right now,” said Hu Xijin, editor-in-chief of the Global Times, a Communist-backed newspaper.
The accounts must “hold high the banner of humanism at the time, show sympathy for India and put Chinese society at a morally high level,” Hu said.
“I don’t think we can expect an explanation from the party account in question, but I don’t think there was a consensus on this post, otherwise it wouldn’t have been removed so quickly,” said Mania Koetse, Weibo’s editor-in-chief. tracks trends in the platform.
China’s foreign ministry has tried to shift the focus. U
“We hope that everyone will pay attention to the Chinese government and public opinion in support of India’s fight against the epidemic,” Bloomberg News reported, adding that China will continue to send more supplies to India in the coming days.
The record influx of coronavirus cases in India has flooded cremation facilities, morgues and hospitals in the country.
Cremations are held en masse throughout the country, and families and relatives wash oxygen hospitals for loved ones.
According to John Hopkins University’s coronavirus trail, India has nearly 20 million cases, second only to the United States.
More than 218,000 people died.