https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/ ... r-standoffIndians decry 'racist' Chinese video on Bhutan border standoff
Propaganda spoof mocking India’s response to land dispute lambasted for depiction of Sikh soldier wobbling his head
A Chinese soldier gestures to an Indian soldier at the disputed Bhutan border.
Michael Safi in Delhi and Tom Phillips in Beijing
Thursday 17 August 2017 11.53 BST Last modified on Thursday 17 August 2017 12.12 BST
Indians have reacted with bemusement and outrage at a “racist” video posted online by Chinese state media, as a highly charged border dispute between the two countries enters its third month.
The Chinese state broadcaster Xinhua published a video on Wednesday highlighting India’s “seven sins” in relation to a standoff between the countries’ armies at the Bhutan-China border.
#TheSpark: 7 Sins of India. It’s time for India to confess its SEVEN SINS. pic.twitter.com/vb9lQ40VPH
August 16, 2017
Indian soldiers crossed into Bhutanese territory in mid-June to block Chinese soldiers from upgrading a road that Beijing says is within its borders, but which Bhutanese leaders claim belongs to them.
As a presenter lists India’s perceived misdeeds, the video repeatedly cuts to a Chinese man wobbling his head, wearing a fake beard and turban, and appearing to feign an Indian English accent.
The turbaned character in the video mocks India’s reaction to the Chinese roadwork, which he likens to someone “building a path in his garden”. It portrays Bhutan, which asked Delhi for military assistance to repel the Chinese, as an unwilling participant in the conflict and a victim of Indian bullying.
Chinese and Indian troops face off in Bhutan border dispute
The footage is part of a series called The Spark, an English-language segment recently launched by the Chinese state media outlet that appears to be aimed at foreign audiences.
It was posted on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, which are blocked in China and inaccessible without the use of a virtual private network (VPN) to get past the country’s Great Firewall.
Indians on Twitter have called the video’s exaggerated depiction of a Sikh soldier racist, while the Indian Express newspaper criticised its “collage of poorly designed graphics replete with the soundtrack of canned laughter”.