With the United Nation’s arbitration court just days away from announcing its verdict regarding China’s claim to most of the South China Sea, it looks like China is not only making its case through military muscle, but also by taking a more tender approach as well.
In this ridiculously amusing propagnada video, a cartoon Chinese grandpa explains to his granddaughter the history behind China’s ownership of the South China Sea in just 3 educational minutes.
The video begins with the little girl asking her grandpa, in a suspiciously weird British accent, about just what all this fuss over the South China Sea is all about. To answer that question, her grandfather goes back 2,000 years to tell her about how Chinese sailors had discovered and named the islands there — though the granddaughter seems more excited about the giant clams.
After smoothly bringing up one of the four great inventions of ancient China, grandpa goes on to detail how the islands in the South China Sea were marked on ancient Chinese maps, while his granddaughter takes a random shot at the former Mongol rulers of China. “Oh, I never realized that they could handle ships as well as horses.”
We then, learn that this little girl loves both Sinbad and giraffes.
Anyway, moving on to more current events, the grandpa recalls: “China got them [the islands] back after the Second World War and they were recognized as China’s on maps.” Well, at least on China’s maps.
He alleges that all the trouble came in the sixties, with the discovery of oil reserves on the islands that led to other countries claiming what wasn’t theirs.
Watch the video below:
And make sure to tell your geography teacher what you learned.
By Sarah Lin
[Video via People’s Daily]