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In PR Move, China Addresses Indians in Video Comment Over Border Stand-Off

New Delhi, July 6, 2017: In an unprecedented resort to public diplomacy, the Chinese embassy in New Delhi released a video by its political counsellor contesting the official Indian statement on the Himalayan stand-off at Doklam near the Bhutan border.

Updated:Thursday, July 6, 2017, 04:59

In PR Move, China Addresses Indians in Video Comment Over Border Stand-OffNew Delhi, July 6, 2017: In an unprecedented resort to public diplomacy, the Chinese embassy in New Delhi released a video by its political counsellor contesting the official Indian statement on the Himalayan stand-off at Doklam near the Bhutan border.

The video, 3 minutes and 29 seconds long, was uploaded late Wednesday night and is the first post on the YouTube account of “Chinese embassy press”.

In his monologue in English, Li Ya claims credibility in offering China’s view given his “first-hand knowledge” of the border areas. “Some Indian friends are deeply worried at face-off between Chinese and Indian border troops at Doklam. I have been to China-India and China-Bhutan border areas many times and have first-hand knowledge about Doklam in that sense, I would like to share my perception on the current situation in Doklam,” Li begins.

It is, therefore, highly unusual and significant that Chinese diplomacy is directly addressing the Indian audience. Further, Chinese embassy officials in India, except for the ambassador and press officer, are rarely identified and keep a low profile.

Source: The Wire

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