Last weekend, users of the Chinese social media platform Weibo noticed a military propaganda video, which included several scenes from famous Hollywood movies, such as Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, The Hurt Locker, and The Rock.
When #China get nothing then they make a propaganda video in #PLA studio by using Hollywood movie clips?? with titled "The God of War H-6K Goes on the Attack???. It means #Chinese #PLA have nothing to show.... pic.twitter.com/7gGTZ9OaWR— Nation First (@nationfirst_11) September 22, 2020
The short video posted by the official account of the People’s Liberation Army was entitled "God of War H-6K, Attack" and fantasized bombing the US Pacific island territory Guam using H-6K bombers.
Soon after the video was released on Weibo, users noted that the propaganda video meant to show off the growing abilities of the Chinese army includes several scenes from Hollywood blockbuster movies.
A Chinese air force video showing a simulated bombing attack against a #US military base has backfired after sharp-eyed netizens realized that it contained footage lifted from #Hollywood blockbusters.— Apple Daily HK 蘋果日報 (@appledaily_hk) September 20, 2020
Read more: https://t.co/VFoBRn4WHh#AppleDailyENG #China #PLA pic.twitter.com/hcMBHjiT3d
Commenting on the video, social media users mocked the Chinese video and considered it a "full of lies propaganda production," saying that even when China is trying to send threatening messages to its enemies, it resorts to using Hollywood productions instead of real footage showing what the Chinese army is really capable of.
Even their propaganda video is not original and they have to steal it from others to make this.— Rajawhale (@rajawhale) September 21, 2020
They are capable of winning in virtual world only. Not in the actual battlefield. One real bombing on US facilities like this, US can smash them in few days.— Sanjay Srivatsa (@sanjayssrivatsa) September 22, 2020
In recent years, the Chinese government has been using its own social media platforms not only to monitor and surveil its own population but to also send political messages to rival countries such as the US and India.
Over the last few months, the Chinese-Indian borders have witnessed several armed clashes near the Indian Ladakh region, which has resulted in a number of causalities and an Indian massive ban on Chinese owned smartphone apps.
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