Due to its ominous nature, Love Jihad is term almost every Indian is aware of. The Chinese, who are masters in copying anything, appear to have borrowed this term, give it a new twist and market it to the country’s female population.
Beijing calls it ‘Dangerous Love’ and it is not directed at any religious group, but the United States and every western country the Dragon is not fond of.
‘Dangerous Love’ is the name of a comic strip campaign that was launched on April 15, its first annual National Security Education Day. The comic strip tells the story of a young and beautiful Chinese civil servant called Xiao Li. She goes to a party where she meets a red-headed foreigner.
Now this red-headed dude, called David, woos Li with flowers and sweet nothings.
This frame shows David wooing Li with flowers. He is praising her beauty.
Smitten, Li starts trusting him a lot. One fine day David asks her to share some files from the foreign office – where Li works – for academic study.
The two start going out on walks and dates.
Li shares them with him.
A gullible Li shares information from her workplace, the foreign office, with David.
Soon, she discovers that David is not answering her calls. And one day the police arrive to take Li with them.
The police tell Li that she is accused of assisting a spy by sharing government information.
She is told that David is a spy, who’s now in arrested. Li, too, is a suspect for helping a spy.
A police officer tells Li that she has a “very shallow understanding of secrecy for a State employee”.
Li is seen sobbing as the police tell her she’s a suspect in the spy case.
The comic strip
ends with two frames where a police officer is telling the law regarding national security to the readers. This shows how seriously Beijing takes the threat from Washington. US has been accusing China of conducting wide-scale espionage acts against the country including launching cyber attacks targeting American companies. China not only denies having any hand in such actions, it counter-alleges that the US is conducting cyber espionage against Chinese assets.