China’s apparent military aggression and propaganda campaign is not for the world, it is for the Chinese people. From the recent media storm of reports one is guided to believe that China is poised to execute a devastating invasion of the United States within the internet friendly time of five minutes and fifty two seconds. That is, at least according to recent and poorly produced video released by the Publicity Department of the Communist Party of China (CCPPD).

The computer generated imagery (CGI) video is laden with such a poor graphics quality that [Video] Game Informer has yet to review the title. Yet the high viewing audience and China external reviews has likely led to the promotion of a few propaganda officers.  The release of this outlandish video happens to coincide with massive Chinese economic woes, and the recent explosions at chemical plants in Shandong Province which has resulted in 161 deaths to date.

Propaganda is such a common place activity in China that it’s news media calls on its Propaganda Teams to increase internet monitoring. China has had an extended love affair with propaganda since officially adopting Communism in 1949. The uses of signage from city to village with such Orwellian slogans such as “Long live the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution” has been a staple in modern Chinese culture. The natural progression in to multimedia and video is not at all shocking. One can simply thank the internet for insight into the practices of Chinese propaganda.

Long live the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution. Image courtesy of RetroGraphik

Questionable propaganda based videos from China are no stranger to freak-out reporting. The August, 2015 release of the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) recruitment video resulted in more over analysis of a region often misinterpreted and hawked for ratings-share. The video is such as farfetched on Chinese military capabilities and even goes as far as naming a portion of the video “Call of Duty” from which one assumes is clearly a video game reference. A reference which is nothing more than marketing sleight-of-hand  meant to leverage interest towards Chinese young adults; the target audience for the video. The video while ripe for ridicule is of course no more ridiculous that the United States Marine Corps recruiting video, in which a Marine engages a CGI dragon with a sword in some kind of arena. There also a really bad Maze and Chess themed USMC videos around the same time period. In similar freak-out reporting logic, we must assume that the Marines were set to attack Comic-Con or become Dungeon Masters.

The Chinese aggressive expansionist theory is often speculated upon. China’s ambitions are habitually deliberate and steadfast, as see in its island building project in the South China Sea. Some have speculated that the island building campaign coupled with propaganda campaigns, and the Sino-Russian Alliance is setting the parameter for a Pacific Theater Cold War aimed at realigning the security theme of the Pacific with the Chinese leading and America behind. Yet the island building threat and lack of physical aggression sans a few fighter incidents can be also be historically compared to China’s brick and mortar established self.

Controversial Chinese development at Hughes Reef in the Union Banks, located in the northern Spratly Islands. Image courtesy of Sydney Morning Herald

China it not known to build for the sake of art, but for the sake of defense, for instance the Great Wall was not constructed for aesthetic appeal, but as obstacle to deter invasion. The fortress known as the Forbidden City was created by the Ming Dynasty as a defensive structure to resist the Mongols, is a fortress, replete with moats, turrets, and a labyrinthine inner structure. The people of Southern Hakka created massive structures which encircled their villages, meant to disrupt an attacking force. This is a building style in defense which is an emulated theme seen throughout many traditional Chinese residences which focused on security. The private obstacle belt is seen in modern China. Massive walls accented with barbed and razor wire in a common architectural choice in home defense, while apartment dwellers rely on heavy double gated doors of individual units are double-gated.