A video released by Chinese state media is turning heads for all the wrong reasons.
The Xinhua News Agency, China’s official press agency, on Wednesday released a video accusing India of committing several “sins.”
The video features a man dressed in a turban and a fake beard, speaking in a supposed “Indian” accent.
The three-minute long video sees a Chinese presenter explaining the Doklam standoff via a script chiding India, while the Indian “guest star” enacts a mock dialogue to a canned laugh soundtrack.
The host accuses India of being a “bad neighbour,” saying that Doklam has been internationally recognised as a “part of China.”
“Didn’t your mama tell you [sic] never break the law?” she asks.
The video also sees the “Indian man” — played by a Chinese actor — chirping in to repeat what the presenter has said, speaking in a strong faux accent.
Many have criticised the video’s racist angle.
Yes, the Indian caricature is crude & racist. Loads of racist comments online from Indians, but not clever for @XHNews to follow this path.
— Kin F. Kam (@DrKinKam) August 16, 2017
According to Sadanand Dhume, an analyst at the American Enterprise Institute, the video shows that Beijing has “absolutely no intention of treating India as an equal.”
“Instead of framing the disagreement with India as a legitimate dispute, Beijing has chosen to dismiss or mock New Delhi’s concerns,” he says in a blogpost.
The two countries have for months been locked in a standoff after India blocked Chinese efforts to extend a border road through Doklam, a plateau that is claimed by both Bhutan and China.
India, who is one of Bhutan’s biggest allies, is concerned that the road would give China greater access to parts of India and is backing Bhutan’s claim over the land. It later sent troops to stop China’s construction of the road.
As of now, both countries have yet to withdraw from the area.