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Sino-Indian clash: Disputed border, divided media | The Listening Post (Full)


Sino-Indian clash: Disputed border, divided media | The Listening Post (Full)

On The Listening Post this week: Chinese and Indian media take opposite tacks to reporting the deadly clash between troops along the border. Plus, Turkish TV dramas and “neo-Ottoman cool”.

Sino-Indian clash: Disputed border, divided media

The two most populous countries in the world, China and India, are dealing with the fallout of their first deadly border clash in almost half a century. Twenty Indian soldiers were reportedly killed, some clubbed to death, by Chinese forces.

We know practically nothing else about the story – that is because the confrontation took place in the middle of nowhere at an altitude of 14,000 feet (about 4,300 metres), on a Himalayan mountain that journalists cannot get to, and because the two governments are saying very little. Indian media are speculating, calling for boycotts, and urging their politicians to wage an economic war against China. On the other side, the coverage is almost non-existent.

This is a story about narratives – two governments that, in their own ways, are out to keep a lid on this conflict before it gets out of hand.


Natasha Badhwar – Author, filmmaker and contributing writer, Tribune India
Aadil Brar – Journalist
Kapil Komireddi – Journalist and author, Malevolent Republic: A Short History of the New India
Steve Tsang – Director, SOAS China Institute

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Ertugrul: Turkish TV’s Ottoman phenomenon goes global

Dirilis: Ertugrul (or Resurrection: Ertugrul) is one of Turkey’s biggest television exports yet, and has helped cement Turkey among the top exporters of TV content in the world.

It is an historical epic set in the 13th century during the founding of the Ottoman empire; with five seasons, more than 400 episodes, and hundreds of millions of viewers worldwide, Dirilis: Ertugrul cashes in on a wave of nostalgia and fascination for an era that has become known as “Neo-Ottoman Cool”.

But given the topic, the time period and current geo-political events, there is a propagandistic feel to the show and others like it – one that plays right into the hands of Turkey’s governing party, the AK Party, and President Erdogan’s own brand of Turkish nationalism.

The Listening Post’s Meenakshi Ravi reports on how history, politics and entertainment collide in Turkey’s Ottoman TV epics.

Feature contributors:

Burak Ozcetin – Associate Professor, Istanbul Bilgi University
Senem Cevik – Lecturer in International Studies, UC Irvine
Omar Al-Ghazzi – Assistant Professor, London School of Economics and Co-author, Neo-Ottoman Cool: Turkish Popular Culture in the Arab Public Sphere

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  1. Maddy Ma

    June 29, 2020 at 1:11 am

    Al Jazeera (Another Chinese mouth piece) 1. A mouth organ of a Muslim country. Biased reporting (perhaps Chinese money influence). Al Jazeera champions itself as a supporter of Muslim people, but ignores the plight of Uighur’s in China. 2. 20 Indian soldiers were killed. Yes, how about reporting how many Chinese soldiers were killed and forgotten by CCP. Again bias here. 3. China will not report it’s casualities as it erodes their aura of invincibility. What sort of a nation does not honor their dead soldiers. 4. Internet shutdown in the area, so communication is a problem. How about Chinese side. I am assuming you weren’t able to get anywhere close. Silence in China is because CCP knows it screwed up. Plus China is not a beacon for press freedom or free speech in the world. 5. Boycotting Chinese goods – Yes, India doing the right thing, and so should the world to decouple from China. Better for the world. But Alas, Al Jazeera people you are content eating Shawarma’s and keep your head buried in the sand. Good job. Keep up the good work.
    (To the Producer / Narrator – Hope you got the wire transfer from CCP. Enjoy the hard earned $$$ after selling your soul)

  2. Reptiloid Rotshild

    June 29, 2020 at 1:11 am

    2020 year – China second strong economic country in the world
    2021 year – China became third world country, because Indians stoped buying chines phones…

  3. haider2 k9

    June 29, 2020 at 1:11 am

    ottoman empire is our islamic hertiage in india or pak like all other from the islamic world makes no difference were muslim islam first rightfully broadcast in our mother land pak why so loved as enemies of isalm are shaking

  4. haider2 k9

    June 29, 2020 at 1:11 am

    why do you think indian cricketers are quiet cos they are funded by china if they speak contract ended india economy down falling as china now moved there telecom company from india to bangladesh india is heavily and its economy reliant on china this will be a an economic disaster for india of boycotting china’s products some are very high tech that runs Indians economy india will falling in billions now , but are happy for that to serve there colonial masters trump as tea server modi is obedient slave to its masters like the British empire so u.s is happy on that

  5. Imtiaz Mohammed

    June 29, 2020 at 1:11 am

    Love China 🇨🇳

  6. Faisal

    June 29, 2020 at 1:11 am

    Modi is pathetic. Even the Chinese use his blunders to their advantage

  7. JD

    June 29, 2020 at 1:11 am

    There’s was no casualties to Chinese military?


    June 29, 2020 at 1:11 am

    The British Empire retreated. After India became independent, it was very shameful to annex land that never belonged to India. The incomplete list of these lands are: Kashmir, Ladakh, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tripura, Andaman Islands.

    Free Kashmir, Ladakh, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim , Tripura, Andaman Islands.

    Three lines were drawn by the British Empire: “Johnson Line”, “McMahon Line” and ” Macartney–MacDonald Line”. The names of the three lines are all officials of the British Empire. These three lines, whether it was the Qing Empire or the Chinese Kuomintang and Communist governments, were not recognized. Therefore, these are illegal border lines. After India became independent, its ambitions expanded, demanding that these illegal lines be used as a boundary to divide the border between China and India, and wantonly occupy China’s territory.

    India invaded China’s southern Tibet and Ladakh. If India is not so greedy, China and India are good friends.

    Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and China stand together. These countries have been invaded and humiliated by India.

  9. Aalay Parikh

    June 29, 2020 at 1:11 am

    Why no one mentioning any deaths of Chinese army?? Such a hypocrite channel. China don’t even gave pride to their soldiers who have sacrificed their life.

  10. rosa cardoso

    June 29, 2020 at 1:11 am

    Shame of them. Every country need to be respect. China will not have respect of the workd If they started to act likes as dictator. The world is nota China!!!!

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