“The place where I am standing is China. I wait with my whole life. I am not afraid of the wind like a blade or a mountain range like steel. Not even one of the motherland can be taken away.”
On the 19th, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army’s agency, Liberation Army Newsletter, introduced a military song that was favored by China’s western border guards in a headline on the front page. Regiment leader Qipabao, battalion commander Chen Hongjun, and enlisted soldiers Chen Sang-Long and Xiao Siyuan, who died during the conflict in Galwan Valley in Ladakh, where China is in territorial dispute with India in June last year. This is an article in which Wang Chao-ran (王焯冉) is given the title of a hero.
Victims of border conflict with Indian forces revealed in 8 months
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Government mobilizes the government media for’making a hero’
Netizens detention punishment for questioning the number of victims
China Central Broadcasting (CC-TV) made the last phrase of the military family, “I can’t lose even a single territory (#祖國山河一寸不能丢#)” with the Chinese version of the Twitter Weibo hashtag (search term). The Weibo hashtag functions as a weather vane that influences the latest trends in China. Chinese netizens were enthusiastic. The number of clicks released by Weibo was 432 million on the 19th, 1.49 billion on the 20th, and 611 million on the 21st. It is recording a total of 2.67 billion clicks by the morning of the 22nd. There are 21.9 million comments. The photo of a Chinese soldier standing with both arms to stop an incoming Indian army has become the most popular meme on Chinese social media.
All authorities were mobilized for’patriotic marketing’. On the 19th, the Ministry of Defense of China unveiled an 8 minute and 49 second video of the crash scene. Spokesmen of the Ministry of Defense and Ministry of Foreign Affairs sang heroic hymns. A spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Hwa Chun-ying said on the 19th, “The hero’s history is a great impression.” 18-year-old Qing Xiang-Long left a moving diary, “Only for China, a transparent love.” All media, including state broadcasts, newspapers, and the Internet, participated in the creation of the hero of the sacrificial soldier.
China’s patriotic marketing is the response and judgment of India eight months ago. India unveiled the names and photos of 20 soldiers who died shortly after the incident, and even revealed the scene of a funeral where families were raging. In July, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi suddenly visited the border Ladakh area and left a hard-toned speech to local defensive troops.
The reason why he praised the victims as heroes after an eight-month lag was because of the’wealth of the great nation in charge’. Spokesman Hua Chun-ying said on the 19th, “China has shown the spirit of a great country in charge while maintaining extreme restraint in order to defend the great power of bilateral relations and bilateral relations, and to calm and alleviate the situation. Chinese media outlet Doo Wei reported on the 21st that “China has effectively distinguished between China-India relations, borders, and public opinion trends.” . As the nationalist sentiment in China prevails, it is interpreted that it is easy to make wrong judgments if the core decision-making corresponding to the national strategy is followed by simple public opinion. Doowei argued, “At the time, when China decided to disclose it after the fact, it was relatively successful in turning public opinion into a positive energy of patriotism, not populism.”
However, there are frequent cases of being punished for questioning the belated announcement of the Chinese authorities. On the 19th, the Nanjing Public Security Bureau arrested a famous blogger, Mr. Chou, on the charge of disparaging the enthusiasm. The reason is that it raised suspicion that more Chinese troops could have died during the border conflict. On the 20th, the Beijing Public Security Bureau detained Chun for insulting the border guarding hero. On the 21st, the Sichuan Mianyang city police announced that it had been detained on the 7th for a netizen named’ZED’ posted a post that insulted the hero.
Beijing = correspondent Shin Kyungjin [email protected]
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