Nationalist Chinese paper Global Times launched an online video game called “Recover the Diaoyu Islands” on their website. It is a single shooter scrolling screen game where the player mans a patrol ship with the objective of taking back the contested Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands.
Falling under the “red games” category, the game is just the latest in a long line of moves by the popular media outlet to stoke nationalism in its readers to support a more assertive foreign policy, especially we it comes to the dispute on the sovereignty over the islands. The intro of the game states, “The Chinese nation’s determination to protect the Diaoyu Islands is unwavering!” The player then has to man the vessel to reach the island by avoiding and destroying Japanese fighter jets, submarines and ships. When you hit the space bar, it even launches air and nuclear strikes that wipes out all on-screen enemies. They say that the game has been played six million times. However, they forgot to include the “all-time rule of Chinese Red Games — the People’s Liberation Army can not lose,” said the games news site Kotaku.
The matter of the disputed islands remains number one among the many issues that continue to plague Chinese-Japanese relations as of late. Just last April, China’s Foreign Ministry declared that the Diaoyu Islands issue is a “core interest” of the government, putting it on the same level as their claim for Taiwan.
[ via SCMP ]