The Chinese army presented a animated short film in which the symbolic fragments of a parchment painting split in two more than 300 years ago are shown, in a sign of the determination of Xi Jinping’s regime to incorporate Taiwan as part of its territory.
On Sunday, National Day, the Eastern Theater Command of the People’s Liberation Army, known for its belligerent exercise videos around the democratic island, released the short film titled “Dreams come true on the Fuchun River”, appealing to the cultural roots shared by the people on both sides of the Taiwan Strait.
Pieces from “Abode in the Fuchun Mountains,” one of China’s best-known ancient paintings, are held separately in museums in China and Taiwan, an independently democratically governed island that Beijing claims as one of its provinces. , reserving the right to seize it by force.
In the film two goblins appearedthat They represented the two pieces of the painting of the Yuan Dynasty master Huang Gongwang, which was vandalized in the 17th century by one of its owners.
During the journey of the two elves in the film, the Eastern Theater Command inserted images of J-20 aircraft carrier and fighter formationsreminding viewers of their capabilities on the battlefield.
At the end of the film, the two characters came together, magically making the painting whole again.
The shortest piece of the scroll, known as “The Remaining Mountain,” about 51 cm long, is in the Zhejiang Provincial Museum in the city of Hangzhou. The National Palace Museum of Taiwan has preserved the 640 cm long “The Scroll of Master Wuyong” since the 1950s.
The two pieces were reunited in 2011, when China lent its fragment to the Taiwanese museum for two months in a period of friendlier relations, while Taiwan pursued a policy of economic rapprochement with China.
But in recent years, as relations have cooled, China has stepped up its military activities around Taiwan, including exercises last month that Beijing said were aimed at combating separatist forces.
As China works to woo Taiwan with promises of economic benefits, the threat of taking Taiwan by force remains.
At the same time, China is drawing up ambitious plans to “integrate” the economies of its Fujian province and Taiwan, on both sides of the Taiwan Strait, offering Taiwanese companies the possibility of participating in a joint development plan, which the Government of Taiwan has rejected.
(With information from Reuters)