In recent months, China’s state-run publication the Global Times has posted several videos of troops of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) practicing warfare in rough mountainous terrain in a supposed attempt to show off the might of the country's forces.
The Global Times tweeted another video showing soldiers from the Chinese People's Armed Police Force indulged in bayonet training. The caption of the video said these were over a 100 Chinese soldiers forming a “phalanx” – a rectangular mass military formation in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.
The video, which was supposedly published to stun viewers, ended up being mocked by Indian netizens, who “appreciated” the efforts of the Global Times to keep Twitter “entertained” while suggesting that the Chinese soldiers join a circus company.
Posting a previously viral picture of Chinese soldiers crying on a bus, Indian netizens called the troops from their neighbouring country “chocolate soldiers”.
This is the reality!— BoseBhagat (@BoseBhagat1) October 12, 2020
They cried to go to Tibbet to Confront INDIAN ARMY..
These crybabies gonna fall in Next few months for sure...
But good Videography though😂 pic.twitter.com/YQyBcmcrGa
Good entertaining video , send them in some circus company .— सत्यनील मिश्रा - राष्ट्र प्रथम (@Skm68161011) October 12, 2020
This is not the first time that Indians have ridiculed China on Twitter.
Public sentiment towards China in India turned sour after 20 Indian soldiers were killed in brutal hand-to-hand combat on the intervening night of 15-16 June. Despite several rounds of diplomatic talks, no concrete solution has been found so far.