PLA bombers, jet fighters star in Beijing’s ‘Happy Lunar New Year’ video message to Taiwan

South China Morning Post 
Date: 05 February, 2019 
By: Kinling Lo

  • Propaganda film leaves little to the imagination as images of military aircraft are set against shots of Taiwanese landmarks
  • Soundtrack calls for ‘Brothers and sisters’ to ‘return [and] reunite’

Beijing has released a “goodwill” Lunar New Year video message to the people of Taiwan that juxtaposes scenes of daily life in the self-ruled island with shots of fighter jets and bombers from the People’s Liberation Army taking part in exercises.

The film, titled My Fighting Eagles Fly Around Formosa – an old name for Taiwan, was published on social media by the PLA Air Force Airborne Corps on Sunday with a note saying it was to celebrate the new year, which fell on Tuesday.

The 3½-minute propaganda film released on Weibo, China’s Twitter-like platform, leaves little to the imagination as it superimposes the official badge of the air force against a shot of Taiwan’s iconic skyscraper Taipei 101, once the world’s tallest building.

Despite the footage of H-6 bombers and J-20 stealth fighters, the film’s official message speaks of reunification and brotherhood. Beijing considers Taiwan a breakaway province to be reunited with the mainland, by force if necessary.

The lyrics of the song that accompanies the images call for “Brothers and sisters” from Taiwan to “return [and] reunite”.    [FULL  STORY]

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