When it comes to internet censorship systems, China probably has a far-reaching and te most sophisticated one in place. All the websites that do not suit the leadership's narrative are blocked. Now, the country's propaganda apparatus is out to pollute young minds with the help of bedtime stories.
Green Eggs and Ham, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Tortoise and the Hare, etc. are some of the most popular children stories. But, kids in China may soon be forced to read and watch short stories based on China’s Belt and Road Initiative. And so would kids from Pakistan, if China insists them to do so.
In this series of small videos, the father explains details about China's infrastructure developments to his daughter. The series also consists of a musical video based on One Belt One Road policy. All these clips try to explain globalization with the help of child-friendly terms. There are a lot of loopholes in them though.
You can actually see a kid glitching like toys in some parts of this absurd musical video.
State-run news website-China Daily has released some of these clips on YouTube. Two videos from this Belt and Road Bed Time Stories series are attracting attention.
New York Times recently published an article about these bedtime stories and ridiculed the Chinese Government for the same.
Kids would prefer to study, play and have fun rather than discussing these complex issues and hailing President Xi Jinping’s initiatives. This is the reason; videos have faced a lot of criticism. Most of the people from around the world feel these videos are hippie nonsense and ridiculous.
“Perhaps, these videos aren't such a bad idea, after all, bedtime stories about spending and infrastructure initiatives might just put your kids, right to sleep,” said journalist Fareed Zakaria, while sharing details about these stories during his show-GPS.
When it comes to targeting children to spread propaganda, India’s very own champion of secularism-Teesta Setalvad has already mastered the art. She used school textbooks to spread propaganda and hatred, with blessings from the Manmohan Singh Government of course.
Anyway, getting back to the topic, this is not the first ridiculous video series from Chinese leadership; there have been several attempts before. The most retarded video was probably the one released by People's Daily, back in 2015. It featured foreigners praising Mr. Xi and suggesting he is a handsome fellow, a family man, and a great leader.
Critics expect the Chinese Government to rapidly spread these stories with the help of state’s media and educational system during the coming months.