A post on a social network account linked to the Chinese Communist Party has sparked controversy over the fact that India appears to be mocking its coronavirus crisis.
The publication on the Chinese website Weibo showed an image of a rocket launch in China, along with a photo of the bodies of Covid victims cremated in India.
The text reads: “Ignition of fire in China against ignition of fire in India.”
Since then, the post, which appeared on Saturday afternoon, has been deleted.
It was reportedly published by an account belonging to an official Chinese law enforcement agency ̵
Users responding to the post, which was later shared with screenshots of the original, wrote that it was “inappropriate” and that China “should express sympathy for India.”
Hu Xijin, editor-in-chief of the Chinese media Global Times, wrote: “Hold high the banner of humanism at that time, show sympathy for India and firmly place Chinese society on a moral level.”
The Weibo post came a day after Chinese President Xi Jinping sent a message of condolences to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the deepening Covid-19 crisis.
Mr Xi said China was ready to step up cooperation with India and provide any additional assistance when needed.
India is struggling to cope with the devastating second wave of coronavirus, with hospitals struggling to treat patients amid a chronic shortage of beds and medical oxygen.
On Sunday, India recorded a daily death toll from coronavirus of 3,689 – the highest since the pandemic began.
This came a day after the country became the first to register more than 400,000 new cases within a 24-hour period.
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