China’s Communist Party blasted over ‘inappropriate’ social media post about India crisis
China deploying 'wartime' tactics on Taiwan says expert
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The Chinese Communist party has been denounced over a post made on social media platform Weibo about the current humanitarian crisis in India. The post compares a photograph of a rocket launch in China with another snap of dead bodies being cremated in India, with the caption “Lighting a fire in China vs lighting a fire in India.”
The account that shared the post is operated by the official Chinese law enforcement agency, the Communist Party’s Central Political and Legal Affairs commission.
People on the social media platform, which is often compared to Twitter, purportedly condemned the message behind the post.
According to BBC, users said the post was “inappropriate” and that China “should express sympathy for India.”
Tensions between the two countries have been escalating following India’s occupation of the strategic Kailash in late August last year.
Last month, fears of an all-out conflict between the two nations escalated as Beijing renewed threats amid tense border stand-offs along the disputed Line of control which cuts across the Himalayas.
Professor of International Relations and Asian Studies, Dinshaw Mistry highlighted how Indian military planners fear China’s expansion into nearby nations could trigger an open conflict.
China has been accused of using dishonest tactics in the South China Sea to further its interests referred to as a ‘grey-zone’ campaign, in which one force can curtail the resources of another without engaging in open war.
Professor Mistry told Express.co.uk: “There is a broad sense in the Indian foreign policy establishment about the ‘string of pearls’ that is one idea that comes up.
“China is making inroads into neighbouring countries, so Pakistan is the biggest example but there are different types of mostly economic projects in other countries.
“There are insurgency groups in the north-east of India which cross borders, mostly the Burma border but there is potential for Chinese involvement there.”
He added: “It is not really grey-zone but it is more ‘string of pearls.’
“Could that trigger a clash between India and China, now again it would trigger more strategic competition than a military clash.
“India tries to counter that strategically through its own economic and diplomatic interactions with those neighbouring countries.”
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