A Chinese Communist Party social media account mocked the humanitarian catastrophe caused by the proliferation of COVID-19 cases gripping its neighbor and rival, India.
The account, which is administered by the official Chinese law enforcement agency, the Communist Party’s Central Committee on Political and Legal Affairs, posted the controversial message on Weibo, the Chinese version of Twitter.
The post featured two images side by side. One photo shows a picture of a rocket launch in China, while the other shows dead bodies being cremated in India.
“Lighting a fire in China versus lighting a fire in India,” the post read.
A social media account from the Chinese Communist Party’s official law enforcement agency posted a message on Weibo, the Chinese version of Twitter, on Saturday, mocking the catastrophic COVID-19 outbreak in India. “Lighting a fire in China versus lighting a fire in India,” the post read. The image on the left shows a Chinese rocket being launched into space. The image on the right shows Indians cremating the bodies of those who died from COVID-19. In response to outrage from Chinese internet users, the message was removed
On Sunday, India registered a slight drop in the number of new infections of 392,488 from a peak of 401,993 in the last 24 hours
India also reported 3,689 additional deaths, bringing the total to 215,542. Experts believe that both numbers are under-graded.
The image caused a backlash among Chinese internet users who hit it for insensitivity.
Respondents on Weibo noted that the post was ‘inappropriate’ and that China should ‘express sympathy for India’, according to the BBC.
Hu Xijin, the editor-in-chief of China’s Global Times, wrote, “At this point, keep the flag of humanitarianism high, show sympathy for India, and place Chinese society firmly on a morally high level.”
China launched the main module of its first permanent space station to house long-term astronauts on Thursday, the latest success of a program that has realized some of its growing ambitions of recent years.
The image above shows the Long March-5B Y2 rocket launched into space on Thursday in Wenchang, China. China launched the main module of its first permanent space station to house long-term astronauts on Thursday, the latest success of a program that has realized some of its growing ambitions of recent years.
Family members cremate the bodies of loved ones who died from COVID-19 at a crematorium near Bengaluru, India on Sunday
The Tianhe, or ‘Heavenly Harmony’, module launched into space atop a Long March 5B rocket from the Wenchang Launch Center in the southern island province of Hainan, marking another major advance in space exploration of the country.
The launch begins with the first of 11 missions needed to complete, resupply and man the station by the end of next year.
The Chinese space program also recently brought back the first new lunar samples in more than 40 years and expects a probe and rover to land on the surface of Mars later next month.
Meanwhile, the situation in India remains grim.
As Indian hospitals struggle to get a steady supply of oxygen and more COVID-19 patients are dying amid the shortages, a New Delhi court said it would punish government officials for failing to deliver the life-saving items.
On Sunday, India registered a slight drop in the number of new infections of 392,488, from a peak of 401,993 in the previous 24 hours.
It also reported 3,689 additional deaths, bringing the total to 215,542. Experts believe that both numbers are under-graded.
THE SINO-INDIAN BORDER CONFLICT
The image above shows Indian workers clearing snow from a road near the border with China in November
India and China inherited their territorial disputes from the period of British colonial rule.
Three years after India’s independence in 1947 and a year after the communists came to power in China, the new Beijing government began to assert its claims vigorously, renouncing previous treaties it claimed had been forcibly signed but of which India says they have been resolved.
Beijing’s approach has been strengthened under Xi Jinping, China’s most powerful leader in decades, who has vowed not to give up even an inch of territory.
In the 1950s, China began building a strategic road on the uninhabited Aksai Chin Plateau to link the troubled regions of Tibet and Xinjiang.
India objected, claiming Aksai Chin as part of Ladakh, itself belonging to the former principality of Kashmir, now divided between India and Pakistan.
Relations further strained after India allowed Tibet’s spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, to establish a self-proclaimed government-in-exile in the north Indian city of Dharmsala after fleeing his homeland in 1959 during a failed uprising against the Chinese. domination.
The differences led to a bitter war lasting a month in 1962.
Gunfights broke out again in 1967 and 1975, leading to more deaths on both sides.
They have since passed protocols, including an agreement not to use firearms, but those protocols were broken during this year’s clashes.
China, meanwhile, began to strengthen its relations with India’s arch-rival, Pakistan, and provide support on the Kashmir issue.
The government is using the railroad, air force and navy to transport oxygen tankers to the worst affected areas where overwhelmed hospitals cannot cope with an unprecedented wave of gasping patients.
Twelve COVID-19 patients, including a doctor, on high-flow oxygen, died in a hospital in New Delhi on Saturday after supplies ran out for 80 minutes, said SCL Gupta, director of Batra Hospital.
The Times of India newspaper reported a further 16 deaths in two hospitals in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh, and six in a hospital in Gurgaon on the outskirts of New Delhi due to oxygen deficiency.
With the government unable to maintain a steady supply of oxygen, several hospital authorities sought judicial intervention in the Indian capital, where a lockdown has been extended for a week to stem the wave of infections.
‘Water has risen overhead. Enough is enough, ” the New Delhi Supreme Court said, adding that it would punish government officials if oxygen supplies allocated to hospitals were not delivered.
“We cannot let people die,” said Judges Vipin Sanghi and Rekha Patil.
The court said it would start a contempt suit.
New Delhi recorded 412 deaths in the last 24 hours, the highest number since the start of the pandemic.
The military opened its hospitals to civilians in a desperate attempt to contain the massive humanitarian crisis. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government also gave the military emergency financial powers to set up new quarantine facilities and hospitals and to purchase equipment.
The military also called on 600 doctors who had retired in recent years. The Navy has deployed 200 nursing assistants to civilian hospitals, a government statement said.
On Saturday, India said all adults 18 and older could receive an injection.
As of January, nearly 10 percent of Indians have received one dose, but only about 1.5 percent have received both, even though the country is one of the world’s largest producers of vaccines.
India has given more than 156 million vaccine doses to date. Some states have already said they don’t have enough for everyone, even sputtering the ongoing efforts to vaccinate people over 45.
The United States, Britain, Germany, and several other countries are rushing therapies, rapid virus testing, and oxygen to India, along with some materials India needs to boost domestic production of COVID-19 vaccines.
Chinese President Xi Jinping offered to help India fight the coronavirus pandemic, state media reported Friday.
Xi also expressed his condolences to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“China is ready to strengthen cooperation with India in combating COVID-19 and provide support and assistance to India,” said state television Xi.