Conflicts of influence and power between China and the United States often take strange forms. The competition between the two states is fierce in many areas, and the strategies are increasingly inventive.
This time, the Chinese chose to “fight” the enemy with their own weapons – literally American products.
To spread the word about the power of their armed forces, the Chinese have built a strategy for promotion on social media.
A propaganda video for China’s air force landed on social media, and users wondered why the world’s second-largest military power has combined clips from Hollywood blockbusters into its own propaganda material.
The video, with views of 4.72 million on Weibo and made by the propaganda and culture center of the Air Force of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), presents its H-6 aircraft with medium and long range.
With a rising score and high-altitude action photos, the video is almost scary and shows Chinese Air Force personnel launching an attack on an island base – which strongly resembles the US facilities in Diego Garcia and Guam. The staff then returns after the successful mission.
How they realized it was a fake
Social media users are always vigilant, and their eagle eyes hurried to spot the clues that exposed the huge falsehood.
The explosive rocket sequences were ripped from three Hollywood movies: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, The Rock and The Hurt Locker, according to The Guardian.
“It turned out that our dream of great power was realized by editing American movies,” said one user.
“We promote domestic military aircraft using American Hollywood movies, why bother?” added another, while a third said, “It’s our nation’s promotional video, why don’t we use our own images?”
China is embroiled in a power struggle with the United States over defense, technology, trade, disputed seas, and the status of Hong Kong and Taiwan.
The Pentagon says China is already outpacing the United States in several areas of defense – claims that Beijing strongly denies – and wants to double its stockpile of missiles.