A video showing the chairman of Hebei University Of Science & Technology in Baoding conducting a review of freshman students in military training went viral on Chinese social networking at the weekend. Many have noticed the resemblance to Xi Jinping at the Victory day parades, not to mention a range of other military leaders who have reviewed ranks of soldiers stood on the back of a pick-up truck.
In the video, chairman Zhou Huzhen, wearing military uniform, stands on the back of a white pick-up truck that has been spray-painted with slogans in red. He addresses the students by shouting “Hello Students”, “You have worked hard”. The students answer, “Hello chief”, “Serve the people”.
A sophomore student at the university who didn’t want to disclose his identity to the media told reporters that “It was like the military parade… We had a similar routine when I was a freshman last year. Kind of weird, but still acceptable.”
College officials said the review was held at the end of military training and the institution had not made the video. They were all surprised that it spread online so quickly. An official in the school’s publicity department surnamed Fang said, “They were exaggerating, the leader was just waving from the car, leading the students to shout slogans.”
It could lead to serious consequences as the People’s Liberation Army rules that only leaders of the Party and the country, chairman, vice chairman, members of the Central Military Commission, military officers above the regimental level or those authorised by the PLA can lead such reviews. The original video has since been deleted, but there is a copy hosted on Youtube below.
by Daniel Cunningham