Chinese Rip Off Hollywood for Their Own Propaganda Films

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It is long been an issue with Washington that the Chinese have been able to save bil­lions of dol­lars in research by steal­ing American intel­lec­tu­al prop­er­ty and repur­pos­ing it for their own use. Resultantly, the Pentagon is always on the trail of espi­onage direct­ed at steal­ing years and bil­lions worth of research. Now you can add Hollywood to the list of Chinese theft vic­tims.

The Chinese mil­i­tary has bla­tant­ly ripped scenes from sev­er­al Hollywood block­buster films to use in its own pro­pa­gan­da video that shows the capa­bil­i­ties of its bomber forces.

The South China Morning Post news ser­vice was the first to report that the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) posted the afore­men­tioned video to its account on Weibo. The video is titled “The God of War H‑6K Attack!” and shows sev­er­al Chinese planes taking in actual PLAAF footage. But when the planes go on their attack runs, the styl­ized explo­sions and cin­e­mat­ic spe­cial effects look right out of a Michael Bay film… That’s because in some cases they are.

Chinese video depict­ing an airstrike is actu­al­ly a scene from “The Rock.”

Why spend mil­lions on spe­cial effects and CGI when a video editor can rip the scenes right out of a film that was already expert­ly done? Thus, the PLAAF saved on trying to recre­ate some of Hollywood’s best action sequences. It just ripped them off to show how good Chinese air assets are.

The video in ques­tion con­tains bla­tant rip-offs of American films “The Rock,” “The Hurt Locker,” and “Transformers, Revenge of the Fallen.”

The South China Morning Post report­ed that, accord­ing to a source close to the Chinese mil­i­tary, it isn’t unusu­al for the Chinese mil­i­tary “to borrow” ripped scenes for its own pur­pos­es. For exam­ple, in 2011, the Chinese mil­i­tary used ripped scenes from the 1986 block­buster “Top Gun” for anoth­er video.

The sub­jects of the latest video are the H‑6K and H‑6N bombers. These are heav­i­ly redesigned models of the older Soviet Tupolev TU-16 twin-engine bombers that the Chinese have built under license. The Chinese also have newer designs cur­rent­ly in devel­op­ment.

These air­craft give the PLAAF a long-range stand­off offen­sive air capa­bil­i­ty. The air­craft comes with pre­ci­sion-guided muni­tions and is capa­ble of aerial refu­el­ing and car­ry­ing cruise mis­siles.

However, the scenes from Hollywood aren’t the only dis­con­cert­ing images includ­ed in the video. In an example of extreme saber-rattling, Reuters report­ed that the air­base attack scene is actu­al­ly satel­lite footage of the U.S. mil­i­tary’s Andersen Air Force Base on Guam.

When com­par­ing the satel­lite imagery of the base to the short clip from the Chinese video, there is no doubt about what the target is pur­port­ed to be. Andersen AFB is an impor­tant strate­gic loca­tion for American oper­a­tions in the Pacific and would be one of the first tar­gets in any U.S.-China con­flict.

Satellite image of Andersen AFB in Guam, the same image used in the Chinese mil­i­tary video. (Google Earth)

This video comes amid ten­sions between the two coun­tries being at extreme levels. The recent visit to Taiwan by Undersecretary of State Keith Krach, the high­est-level U.S. diplo­mat to visit Taiwan in decades, has obvi­ous­ly angered the Chinese.

And the not-so-veiled threat against the U.S. base in Guam was the mes­sage that China’s air force can hit and destroy the base when­ev­er it choos­es — with Michael Bay-like pre­ci­sion.

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