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China Central Television is state television, so seeing propaganda isn’t unusual. Seeing a militarized Mobile Suit Gundam flash on the screen is.

Yesterday, CCTV show Focus Today reported how Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe “clamors” for war against China, mentioning all the weapons Japan has with the U.S. as well as the secret weapons Abe doesn’t want the world to know about.

Weapons, I guess, like Mobile Suit Gundam. Apparently, the show didn’t specifically mention Gundam when it briefly appeared on screen. Below you can see how the image was used in context—note how it is included with a helicopter and a naval vessel:

Here you can watch the full news report.

It’s baffling that Chinese state news would use Gundam to scaremonger, especially because Gundam is popular in China.

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This is the first time the country’s media has tried to make Japan’s Self-Defense Force terrifying. Back in 2013, Chinese newspaper Global Times confused a Japanese helicopter with DeviantArt.

Top GIF: Focus Today

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