China is presenting the U.S. as an external threat determined to destroy an otherwise stable and happy society in a new propaganda video.
A Chinese propaganda video of unknown origin is circulating the internet and warns Chinese citizens to fear the destructive and destabilizing power of America’s “devilish claws,” reports The New York Times.
The video is informally titled “Who most wants to overthrow China?”
The video argues the U.S. will do anything it can to cripple China — everything from sending carrier groups into Chinese waters, to supporting domestic subversives to deploying anti-missile and radar systems near its borders.
Scenes of American politicians and diplomats encouraging subversive activities to “bring China down” are followed by scenes of domestic protests, forced confessions from human rights lawyers claiming that they were led astray by hostile Western forces, and explosive riots in Hong Kong.
The video, which highlights all of the ruling Communist Party of China’s fears of subversion by foreign powers, warns of the dangers of a “color revolution,” the Chinese government’s general term for anti-government insurrections.
“Color revolutions have already successfully driven many countries into the flames of war and chaos, and [America’s] devilish claws are now reaching into China,” one of the subtitles reads.
Western subverters are “stirring up mass incidents and using social tensions as a point to break through and serve as the fuse for color revolution.”
Towards the end of the video, the dark scenes of destruction are replaced by beautiful images of a modern, developed China filled with bright, smiling faces. Images of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) appear alongside the words, “Eliminating the threat of a color revolution will be a long war, but if there is a war, we will answer the call.”
The belief that the U.S. intends to topple the Chinese government and spread instability throughout China has been a consistent theme throughout Chinese President Xi Jinping’s administration.
China released a similar video in August titled “You Want China To Be Like This? Over Our Dead Bodies!”
The video presents a number of tragic images followed by the words, “Behind all of these things, we can see the deep shadow of the star-spangled banner.”
Like the video released this week, the one published this past summer argues that the U.S. seeks to subvert China and ruin a peaceful and happy society.
China sees American governmental and non-governmental involvement in maritime disputes, human rights, China’s separatist territories, and various “core interests” as aggressive plans to overthrow the Chinese government, which is desperate to present itself as the only safety net for the Chinese citizenry.
Promoting the Chinese Dream, Xi has presented the ruling party as the vanguard of national sovereignty, security, and stability.
The video released in August preceded a series of trials for human rights lawyers arrested in a major crackdown last year. The trials, as well as the arrests, were heavily criticized in the West.
The most recent video follows a significant increase in tension between the U.S. and China.
President-elect Donald Trump’s attitudes towards China’s currency management, trading practices, maritime activities, and core interests, such as Taiwan, are very inconsistent with China’s own views. There is a growing fear in China that Trump will put “unprecedented pressure on China.”
Over the past few years, several such propaganda videos have appeared online to solidify the government’s position at times of uncertainty.
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