The Chinese Communist Party’s law enforcement agency withdrew a post mocking India’s COVID-19 death crisis following a violent backlash online in China, according to a report.
The Central Commission on Political and Legal Affairs published on Saturday on its official Sina Weibo account – the Chinese response to Twitter – which shared side-by-side photos of a Chinese missile launch alongside cremation fires in India.
It was the caption: “China lights fire versus India lights fire.”
An accompanying hashtag noted that cases of coronavirus in hard-hit India have exceeded 400,000 a day, Bloomberg News reported.
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“I do not think it is right that social media accounts from certain Chinese official institutions or other influential forces are currently mocking India,” said Hu Xijin, editor-in-chief of the Global Times, a newspaper backed by the Communist Party.
The accounts should “hold the banner of humanitarianism high at this time, show sympathy for India and place Chinese society at a high moral level,” Hu said.
“I do not think we can expect a clarification from the party account in question, but I do not think there was any consensus on this post, otherwise it would not have been removed so quickly,” said Manya Koetse, editor-in-chief of What’s On Weibo, which tracks trend issues on the platform.
China’s Foreign Ministry tried to shift focus.
“We hope everyone pays attention to the Chinese government and the general public opinion that supports India’s fight against the epidemic,” it told Bloomberg News, adding that China will continue to send more supplies to India in the coming days.
The record-breaking increase in coronavirus cases in India has overwhelmed the country’s cremation facilities, morgues and hospitals.
Cremations are held en masse across the country, and families and relatives are searching hospitals for oxygen for their loved ones.
According to the Johns Hopkins University coronavirus tracker, India has nearly 20 million cases, only the second largest for the United States.
More than 218,000 people have died.