A post on social media from an account linked to the Chinese Communist Party sparked widespread controversy because it showed mockery from India for its suffering from the outbreak of the Coronavirus.
The post on the Chinese Weibo website showed a picture that combines the scene of a Chinese missile being launched into space and the fire appears in its rear, and another scene of the burning of the bodies of Corona virus victims in India.
There was a satirical comment saying, “Fire in China versus Fire in India.”
The post, which appeared on Saturday afternoon, was removed from the site completely.
The photo was reportedly posted by an account of a Chinese official agency, the Central Political and Legal Affairs Committee of the Communist Party, and has millions of followers on Weibo, a popular blogging site in the country.
Users responded with criticism, with pictures taken of the post before it was removed, writing that it was “inappropriate” and that China “should express its sympathy with India.”
Hu Shijin, editor-in-chief of the Chinese Global Times media site, wrote: “Raise the banner of humanity high at this time, show sympathy for India, and firmly place Chinese society in a high moral standing.”
The post on Weibo appeared a day after Chinese President Xi Jinping sent a message of condolence to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the worsening Covid-19 epidemic victims in the country.
The Chinese president said his country is ready to strengthen cooperation with India and provide any additional assistance when needed.
India is struggling to cope with a devastating second wave of the Coronavirus, as hospitals are overwhelmed with patients amid chronic shortages of beds and medical oxygen.
On Sunday, India recorded a daily death toll from the Corona virus, amounting to 3,689, the highest rate since the start of the epidemic.
This came a day after India announced that it issued the list of infections globally and became the first country to record more than 400,000 new cases within 24 hours.