After being widely panned, a social media post linked to China’s Communist Party that appeared to ridicule India’s coronavirus crisis was removed.
According to the BBC, the post on Chinese social media platform Weibo juxtaposed a picture of a recent successful rocket launch in China with a photo of funeral pyres in India cremating COVID-19 victims.
“Lighting a fire in China VS lighting a fire in India,” read the caption on the photo.
According to the BBC, the post, which appeared on the account of the Communist Party’s Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission yesterday, has since been removed.
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Many Weibo users condemned the post in their comments.
“Hold high the banner of humanitarianism at this time, show compassion for India, and firmly put Chinese society on a moral high ground,” wrote Hu Xijin, editor-in-chief of China’s Global Times media outlet.
China’s President Xi Jinping sent a message of condolence to India earlier this weekend, offering to assist the COVID-ravaged nation.
India experienced a pandemic peak yesterday, with nearly 402,000 infections in a single day.
The number for today was 392, 488, a small decrease. However, the death toll continues to rise, with 3689 people killed in the last 24 hours.
Dr Margaret Harris, a World Health Organization expert, told Today that she was worried that only 5% of infections were being registered in the region.