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'Time for the Chinese miracle': Beijing's new English language propaganda push

•, Lily Kuo

Chinese state media dropped a music video over the weekend featuring a little-known Chinese performer named Su Han. In the video Su raps over images of his country's achievements, including a rover landing on the far side of the moon, a pair of cloned monkeys, high rise buildings, a group of smiling women in ethnic dress, and curiously, a server room.

The not-always-comprehensible song was released to mark China's largest political event of the year, a meeting of advisory and legislative delegates known as the lianghui, or "Two Sessions", which began this week. Among the more intelligible lines is this: "Monkey King to the West, legendary dragon to the sky, y'all know it's time for Chinese miracle". It goes on: "We've got Two Sessions, we've got Two Sessions for the fragrance we're blessing, to the world we show our affection."

The video, produced by state news agency Xinhua and Su, is China's latest attempt at youth-friendly propaganda. It is part of a suite of content aimed at drumming up enthusiasm for the Two Sessions, which many see as little more than a political spectacle.

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