As India is suffering from the raging new crown virus, the official Weibo post of China’s Political and Legal Commission mocks India’s tragic situation, causing controversy. Many Chinese netizens expressed anger out of humanitarian considerations, but many people still expressed their support. The post has now been deleted.
Sino-Indian relations have been unstable since the border dispute last year. In March of this year, India held a four-party security dialogue with the United States, Australia, and Japan, which is considered to be looking for common interests to check and balance China, including in the supply of new crown vaccines.
Satirical Post by the Political and Legal Committee of the Communist Party of China
The official Sina Weibo account of China’s Political and Legal Affairs Commission, “China Changan.com”, posted a blog post at 1:00 pm on May 1 stating “China VS India”. There are two pictures below. The picture on the left shows China’s launch of the Long March 8 carrier rocket, and the picture on the right shows a pile of firewood burning the corpses of the new crown deceased in India. This Weibo was also labeled “400,000 newly diagnosed cases in India in a single day.”
This post is widely regarded as a mockery of India’s current tragedy. After being reposted nearly 10,000 times by netizens and causing huge controversy, the original post has now been deleted.
Indian officials stated on May 1 that more than 400,000 confirmed cases were added in India that day. According to official data, an average of 2.5 people die from the epidemic every minute. At the same time, many countries around the world have provided India with anti-epidemic equipment and drug support.
The Political and Legal Committee of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, referred to as the Central Political and Legal Committee, is the core functional department for the leadership and management of the political and legal work of the Communist Party of China. It is led by Guo Shengkun, a member of the Politburo. China Changan.com is its official news website, and it is “an important network propaganda position, information release channel, and public opinion guidance platform for the national comprehensive governance system of politics and law.” In the past few years, the platform has been a channel for the outside world to understand the guiding spirit of the highest level of China’s political and legal affairs due to the release of official calibers and important information on the CCP’s political and legal work many times. Its official Weibo account currently has more than 15 million followers.
According to China Central Television News, on April 30, one day before the Weibo of “China Changan Net” was released, Chinese President Xi Jinping sent a message of condolences to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi regarding the new crown epidemic in India.
In his condolences, Xi Jinping said that China is willing to strengthen cooperation with India in the fight against the epidemic and provide help and support to India. He also said that under the leadership of the Indian government, India will surely be able to overcome the epidemic.
Below this controversial post, netizens reacted polarized between praise and criticism.
A large number of people support the practice of China’s Chang’an.com, and further satirize India’s handling of the epidemic. The netizen “Yuan Zhong Fang Zhong Yuan” said, “China will set the fire and send people to the moon for nine days; India will set the fire and send people to the west to see the King of Hades.”
Netizens “mosquito-repellent” used insulting words, saying, “I don’t care about the life and death of the Indian people. They are still engaged in canvassing elections, diverting internal conflicts and doing things on the borders of our country. Can so-called humanity and compassion save the Indian people?
However, most of the netizens who commented on the comments did not agree with China’s Chang’an website, thinking that it was a manifestation of disrespect for life, and even thought that “it is hard to imagine that an official micro-blog can post such content, and it is inhumane.”
ID “The program monkey who never deletes the subject” said: “After the outbreak in Wuhan, we also experienced a shortage of medical resources, the patient could not be treated in time, and the dark moments of desperate help on Weibo. Please keep the most basic of life. Respect, and maintain the most basic sympathy for people who are also suffering. This has nothing to do with patriotism, this is the basic conscience of people.”
“Bai Qi stirred up the bot,” said, “Please don’t joke about anyone’s life. Thank you. It is their business for other countries to slander us. It does not mean that we have to do the same kind of wicked things.”
Another Weibo user “Sui Yue Jing Hao Bitch 2021” believes that the Politics and Law Commission represents the image of the country. This comparison is not appropriate. “It is not your department’s image that is destroyed, but our reputation as a big country.”
Although the controversial Weibo has been deleted, the screenshot of its original post is still forwarded on the Internet. As of press time, no Chinese official has given any explanation or response to this Weibo.
Controversial posts continue to ferment
The post not only triggered controversy among ordinary netizens, but also attracted the attention of some popular bloggers, pushing the controversy to a peak.
Shen Yi, a professor in the Department of International Politics at Fudan University in China, posted on Weibo, saying that the comparison chart on Weibo by the Political and Legal Committee was “very good.” He compared India to a “beautiful bitch” and sarcastically criticized the Weibo netizens as “the mother bitch” and “bringing feelings.” Shen Yi is also a current affairs commentator on Observer.com.
What caused many netizens to discuss is that Hu Xijin, the editor-in-chief of China’s official “Global Times”, who is famous for publishing controversy and inciting nationalist sentiments, started a war of words with Shen Yi on Weibo this time.
Hu Xijin said, “Of course ordinary Chinese people don’t need to be a “virgin whore”, but official accounts should hold high the banner of humanitarianism at this time, express sympathy for India, and firmly place Chinese society on the moral high ground. This It is not a “virgin bitch”, this is the attitude and performance of any official Chinese organization. ”
Some Indian media noticed the controversial post and reported on it.
The Indian English-language media The Hindu emphasized that the controversy originated from an “inappropriate” move by the Chinese Communist Party’s official media, but after aroused widespread criticism, the deletion of the post was an “unusual move.”
The report also said that while the controversial posts caused ridicule, some Chinese social organizations have begun to raise funds to provide aid to India, including some well-known Buddhist organizations.
China-India relations continue to be unstable
As “the most populous democracy in the world,” India is often used to explain how liberal democracy can work in large developing countries, which is extremely disgusting to Beijing. The Chinese government has tried to set an example of the “Chinese model” in developing countries for many years.
Over the past year or so, the relationship between China and India has been unstable. From border conflicts to India’s ban on a variety of Chinese software, the governments of both sides have made diplomatic statements on a number of issues.
In mid-March, the United States invited Japan, India, and Australia to hold the Four Indo-Pacific Summit (QUAD), which is widely regarded as an important measure taken by Washington and Indo-Pacific allies to respond to China’s strong challenge.
The four-party talks take the “Indo-Pacific Strategy” as the primary prerequisite, especially the freedom of maritime navigation in military hot spots such as the South China Sea and the East China Sea. After China’s statement of providing vaccine support to developing countries such as Southeast Asia, how to avoid China’s advantage in vaccine diplomacy is also a core issue in the four-party talks.
India is the only country that borders China among the four countries, and its geographical relationship is more direct.
In addition, the tension in Sino-Indian relations is also closely related to the border dispute last year, which caused dozens of deaths and aroused nationalist sentiments among the two peoples.