The Central Committee on Political and Legal Affairs posted on its official Sina Weibo – China’s equivalent of Twitter – on Saturday, sharing images of a Chinese missile launch alongside cremation fires in India side-by-side.
It was captioned: “China lighting a fire against India lighting a fire.” “
An accompanying hashtag noted that coronavirus cases in hard-hit India exceeded 400,000 per day, Bloomberg News reported.
The image on the account, which has 15 million subscribers, quickly went viral and sparked howls of outrage from users angered by the post.
“I don’t think it’s appropriate that the social media accounts of some official Chinese institutions or other influential forces are mocking India at this time,” said Hu Xijin, editor of the Global Times, a newspaper supported by the Communist Party.
The stories should “carry the banner of humanitarianism high at this time, show sympathy for India, and firmly place Chinese society on high moral ground,” Hu said.
“I don’t think we can expect any clarification from the Party account in question, but I think there was no consensus on this post, otherwise it wouldn’t have been deleted if quickly, ”said Editor-in-Chief Manya Koetse. head of What’s On Weibo, which tracks trending issues on the platform.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry has tried to change course.
“We hope everyone pays attention to the Chinese government and the general public opinion supporting India’s fight against the epidemic,” he told Bloomberg News, adding that China will continue to send more of supplies to India in the coming days.
India’s record outbreak of coronavirus cases has overwhelmed cremation facilities, morgues and hospitals across the country.
Mass cremations are taking place across the country, and families and loved ones are scouring hospitals in search of oxygen for their loved ones.
According to the Johns Hopkins University coronavirus tracker, India has nearly 20 million cases, just behind the United States.
More than 218,000 people have died.