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Published On: Thu, Aug 17th, 2017

After Himalayan stone age war, China’s State news agency mocks India with racist video

nsnbc : After trops from China and India waged a two-hour-long stone age war by throwing rocks at each other in the Himalayan border region between the two nuclear armed powers, China’s Xinhua State news agency now mocked India by releasing a racist video blaming India for illegal incursions and seven sins.

Xinhua_China parody of Indian over Sikkim dispute_Aug 2017The latest development in the borderline grotesque border dispute between China and India over disputed territory in Sikkim’s Doklam region, and after Chinese and Indian troops spent two hours throwing rocks at each other, China’s Xinhua State news agency, on Wednesday, released a video mocking India on its Doklam stand.

Beijing’s official propaganda outlet explained in an inherently racist “comedy” how and why India – according to Beijing -is wrong. The video in English language, shows a man wearing what appears to be a turban like the ones worn by followers of the Sikh faith and speaking with a parody-like Indian accent.

The video has been widely reported by many Indian news channels. India Today, one of the leading Indian news agency wrote:

“Up until now, Chinese media organizations have limited themselves to accusing India and its military and political leaders of lying, duplicity, deceit and being the prime movers behind the high-stakes standoff that has thrown into question New Delhi and Beijing’s relationship. Now, however, Chinese media has gone a step further, unabashedly mocking India in a Twitter video that has undertones of racism in the way it chooses to depict an Indian.”

The video purports to show the “seven sins” that India has committed during what China considers an illegal trespassing into Doklam. In the video, a woman speaking in English explains India’s “sins” with periodic cuts to a character played by a Chinese person wearing a turban, sunglasses, a fake beard, and speaking in a supposed Indian accent.

China - India - Sikkim border (archives)

China – India – Sikkim border (archives)

Earlier on Wednesday local residents reported that troops from China and India engaged in a two-hour-long stone throwing battle after some 15 Chinese troops who had crossed into territory controlled by India refused to leave when asked by the Indian troops there.

The stone age battle between troops from the two nuclear armed powers happened near the banks of Lake Pangong, an endorheic lake in the Himalaya mountains. Two third of the lake is controlled by China and one third by India. The Indian side of the lake is a popular tourist attraction.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether the Chinese troops just wanted to go site seeing or if they wanted to launch a – thanks goodness – non-nuclear invasion. The heated, two-hour-long stone age battle ended without a shot being fired, without the use of firearms, and without any serious injuries.

The situation was brought under control when officers from both sides put an end to the armed conflict – even though the war of words continued with both sides using banners to proclaim their sovereignty over the disputed turf before everybody returned to their original positions.

India and Indian troops and locals who witnessed the spectacle say the Chinese troops were clearly on the Indian side. Beijing maintains the Chinese troops never crossed the border and that the entire incident took place in Chinese territory.

Non of the military stone age men on either side grasped the idea that the entire stone age war could have been prevented if everybody had been wise enough to prioritize the sovereignty of locals who have crossed the border from one side to the other and back for centuries without necessarily caring much about what Beijing and New Delhi think about it.

How about an invitation to a cup of tea and a pipe with that “weed” that tends to cool heated heads instead of throwing stones at each other? And no, neither China nor India have yet suggested to rename BRICS to “bricks”. But wait, could it be that the video propaganda producers at Xinhua smoked a little bit too much?

CH/L – nsnbc 17.08.2017

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