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There are doubts about exactly how advanced Chinese military technology is becoming, but in one area the People’s Liberation Army is definitely making significant advancement … cinematography. Following today’s speech by Gen. Xu Caihou, the vice chairman of the Communist Party of China’s Central Military Commission (a position roughly equivalent to the U.S. secretary of ...

There are doubts about exactly how advanced Chinese military technology is becoming, but in one area the People’s Liberation Army is definitely making significant advancement … cinematography.

Following today’s speech by Gen. Xu Caihou, the vice chairman of the Communist Party of China’s Central Military Commission (a position roughly equivalent to the U.S. secretary of defense) — in which he called for greater military cooperation between the United States and China — the general showed a video touting the PLA’s response to last year’s massive earthquake in Sichuan province.

The video, entitled "Save The Life," had Hollywood-level production quality, was filmed in high definition, and was fully narrated and subtitled in perfect English. It glorifies the rescue efforts of soldiers in the wake of the disaster and the appreciation of suffering locals. The video, much like the general’s remarks, was very polished and one-sided. Take a look (the earthquake film begins at 54:30):

In the interest of parity, also take a look at this chilling documentary, "The Day the Schools Fell Down," produced by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, which details how shoddy school construction led to massive deaths among rural children and how aggrieved parents were ignored or pressured into silence by their government.

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