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Coronavirus pandemic: Twitter reacts to Chinese video mocking US response to COVID-19 crisis

In the video, the Chinese warriors are seen informing the Statue of Liberty that they have discovered a dangerous new virus, which the latter downplays saying: “It is only a flu... Don’t have to wear a mask”.

May 04, 2020 / 11:18 AM IST

After the United States repeatedly blamed China for the catastrophic spread of the novel coronavirus, the Chinese state media released an animated video to mock President Donald Trump’s administration.

The sarcastic animated video uses Lego figures and is in the nature of a mock dialogue between China and the US. While China is represented by Lego figurines of terracotta warriors, the US is represented by those of the Statue of Liberty.

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In the video, the Chinese warriors are seen informing the Statue of Liberty that they have discovered a dangerous new virus, which the latter downplays saying: “It is only a flu... Don’t have to wear a mask”.

The US representation then claims, in the video, that the stay-at-home measures and lockdown introduced by China were in clear violation of human rights.

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The short video spanning 1.39 minutes is entitled ‘Once Upon a Virus’, and was released by China’s official news agency Xinhua on April 30. It was also shared by the Chinese Embassy in France.

However, it seems the video, which went viral although, did not evoke the kind of response the Chinese government was expecting. Let us take a look at some of them.



Jagyaseni Biswas
first published: May 1, 2020 09:12 pm

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