A Chinese dissident and former Communist Party insider is speaking out against Beijing after a government department ridiculed the spike in COVID-19 cases in India on social media.
Cai Xia, a former professor at China’s Central Party School, a Communist Party training ground, recently stated on Twitter that the Chinese government is “inhumanely” mocking Indians despite their “suffering.”
The Central Commission for Political and Legal Affairs, China’s body in charge of courts and law enforcement, posted images contrasting China and India on Saturday.
The launch of the Chinese Long March-5B carrier rocket was depicted in one image. In the second shot, a cremation site in India was depicted in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The caption read, “China lighting a fire versus India lighting a fire,”
The article was removed a few days later, but the Central Commission has not stated why.
Cai claims that China is concealing the fact that Beijing obtained assistance from India in February 2020, when the city of Wuhan was put under lockdown and the region was paralysed by the first wave of the coronavirus.
Cai included a screenshot of an Indian plane carrying assistance into Wuhan in her Twitter tweet.
Cai was a trusted member of the Communist Party before she was removed from her position at the Central Party School. Cai had criticized Beijing’s national security law on Hong Kong, and called the Party a “political zombie,” according to CNN.
The former professor is also a harsh opponent of Xi Jinping, comparing the Chinese leader to a “mafia boss.”
The public has been split by a Chinese social media post that disparages India.
Hu Xijin, editor-in-chief of the Chinese state tabloid Global Times, has said that China should now “raise the flag of humanitarianism.” in response to India’s plight.
Hu’s comment drew condemnation.
Shen Yi, a professor at Shanghai’s Fudan University, believes China has the right to “state its position on India.”
According to Xinhua, Xi sent condolences to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi last week.