Chinese state media published a new video over the weekend in which it mocked the U.S. response to the coronavirus pandemic using Lego-style toys to portray China and the U.S. in their respective approaches to the virus.
The video, published by the China’s official Xinhua News Agency, portrays its country’s response as having provided constant warnings to the world and having taken numerous precautionary actions while the U.S. scoffed at and dismissed the warnings. The animation appears to be the latest in a pattern of Chinese efforts to shift the blame away from China and to instead suggest the pandemic in the U.S. is purely the result of an inadequate response.
In the video, China is depicted with a toy terracotta warrior figure, while the U.S. is depicted with a toy Statue of Liberty figure. The passage of each month in a timeline is marked by a Lego-style brick labeled with the given month.
The new toy video appears to be China’s latest effort to push off criticism about its Coronavirus response and to instead shift blame for the disease’ toll onto countries that have suffered heavily from the virus.
The video comes amid increasing reports of Chinese efforts to conceal the virus early on. While the video portrays China as having declared the “strange pneumonia cases” in December, reports have actually indicated Chinese officials sought to punish medical professionals who warned about the disease in December and ordered disease samples destroyed.
Lego’s press office provided an emailed statement to The Japan Times stating it was not involved in the making of the animation video.
The video portrays WHO as dutifully reporting accurate information about the virus. However, the organization has been criticized for simply repeating Chinese claims about the virus, including that there was “no clear evidence” of the disease’s human-to-human transmission even through January.
“Preliminary investigations conducted by the Chinese authorities have found no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission of the novel #coronavirus (2019-nCoV) identified in #Wuhan, #China,” WHO tweeted on Jan. 14.
Preliminary investigations conducted by the Chinese authorities have found no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission of the novel #coronavirus (2019-nCoV) identified in #Wuhan, #China??. pic.twitter.com/Fnl5P877VG
— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) January 14, 2020