Surreal video: China wants you to know why everybody should marry Vladimir Putin
Chinese officials released an almost relentlessly-cheery video showing residents proclaiming their adoration for Russian President Vladimir Putin in advance of his upcoming meeting with Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, the Wall Street Journal reported.
The five-minute video features a variety of residents saying how much they look forward to Jinping attending a parade in Moscow marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II — described here as the “Great Patriotic War” in keeping with the Russian name for the conflict.
“When getting married, one should marry someone like Putin, a powerful and strong man who never drinks much,” three women sing at one point. The video also shows footage of the two presidents shaking hands and walking together, underscoring some of the interviewees’ warm remarks regarding their relationship.
“Putin is a man as handsome as Xi Dada,” one resident says, using a nickname for Jinping that translates to “Big Papa Xi.”
While several interviewees also praise Putin’s looks, others have more concrete requests, like asking for tickets to the 2018 World Cup, which Russia is set to host, or a high-speed rail connecting Beijing to Russia to help them get there.
“Everyone wants to go to Russia, but it is still not very convenient,” one man says.
The propaganda clip, credited to the “Studio on Fuxing Road,” has amassed more than 1 million views since being released earlier this week on the video-sharing site youku.com. According to the Journal, the “studio” has released other clips showing state officials in a positive light.
Watch the video, as posted online on Thursday, below.