Authorities in Tianjin Order Government Workers to Watch Anti-US TV Show

Authorities in China’s northeastern port city of Tianjin issued a notice on Feb. 14, requesting all government employees, agencies, and Communist Party members to watch a TV history series with anti-U.S. overtones. Some China experts believe that this move is meant for government employees to prove their allegiance to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). According to the notice, the TV series, called “Crossing the Yalu River,” was described as a reminder of “China’s heroic sons and daughters”—referring to China’s military, the People’s Liberation Army—and their “great spirit of fighting the American troops” during the Korean War, which broke out in 1950. The Yalu River is situated on the border between North Korea and China. The CCP refers to the Korean War as the “War to Resist U.S. Aggression and Aid Korea.” According to the CCP’s propaganda narrative, the Korean War is lauded as an unprecedented “victory” against the United States. …

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