China’s top law enforcement agency posted a post on social media that successfully launched a module from India into space and dropped a harsh fire in India. The move was deleted after China caused online criticism.

The photos of the Tianhe module launch and its fuel burn-out are compared with what appears to be a large-scale outdoor cremation in India, and the title “China ignites the fire and India ignites the fire” is added. The Communist Party’s Central Political and Legal Affairs Committee carried a hashtag on its official Sina Weibo post on Saturday, stating that there are more than 400,000 new COVID-19 cases in India every day.

Later that day, I couldn’t find it. Many Chinese social media users expressed shock and anger at the insensitivity of the post.

In response to a request for comment, China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said: “We hope that everyone will support the Chinese government and mainstream public opinion to support India’s response to this epidemic.” The ministry’s spokesperson’s office added that it will continue to provide support in the next few days. India provides more supplies to show the support China has provided through practical actions.

Hu Xijin, the editor-in-chief of the Global Times, supported by the Communist Party, said that official social media accounts should “hold the banner of humanitarianism at this time, show sympathy to India, and place Chinese society firmly on the moral high ground”. Posted a comment on the deleted post on Weibo. Hu said that this method is not a suitable method for official social media accounts to get traffic.

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“I don’t want us to get clarification from the party’s accounts, but I do think there is no consensus on this position, otherwise it won’t be deleted anytime soon,” said Editor-in-Chief Manya Koetse. The person in charge of What’s On Weibo, a website that tracks trends on social media platforms.

In recent months, the relationship between China and India has been difficult. The border dispute last year that killed dozens of people and disrupted economic ties between the two countries has stirred up nationalism in the two countries. Despite the high-level dialogue, tensions still exist, and India recently urged an early withdrawal from all friction points on the border.

This did not stop President Xi Jinping from sending a letter of condolences to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday and expressing his willingness to provide assistance to help South Asian countries deal with the surge in COVID-19 cases.

Another post deleted for the first time last Friday compared China’s “Huoshenshan” (the name of the emergency hospital building built in Wuhan) with photos of the large-scale cremation in India on the official Weibo of China’s Ministry of Public Security. Social media users also call it an “ethical issue.”

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said on Friday that the Chinese Red Cross, local governments, non-governmental organizations and Chinese companies are “doing their best to collect the anti-epidemic drugs that India urgently needs and deliver them to the Indian people. As soon as possible.”

-With the assistance of Tom Hancock.

©2021 Bloomberg (Bloomberg LP)


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