A thinly veiled allusion to the nation’s long-standing Chinese Cartoon objective of “reunification” with the democratic. Self-governing island. Was made by China’s military when it produced an animation on Sunday. Showing the voyage to rejoin two halves of a ripped scroll across the Taiwan Strait.
The animation is the newest short video to play on nationalist feeling over historical Chinese relics. Kept abroad and was released by the Eastern Theater Command of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to commemorate National Day. The anniversary of the foundation of the People’s Republic of China.
Despite never having had sovereignty over Taiwan, which is home to 24 million people. China’s ruling Communist Party claims it as its own. It has long promised to use force if necessary to “reunify” Taiwan with the Chinese mainland.
The Eastern Theater Command, a division of China’s massive military force that manages operations in the Taiwan Strait and often conducts military drills including simulated precision attacks on the island, is at the epicenter of that threat.
The two sides of Huang Gongwang’s well-known painting “Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains,” from the Song period, are represented in the animation by two cartoon elves.
The scroll, which was painted in the fourteenth century, was divided in two after being destroyed by fire in 1650; one piece is now on display at the National Palace Museum in Taipei, and the other is at the Zhejiang Provincial Museum in the Chinese city of Hangzhou.
The scroll is therefore often seen as a live representation of the gap between China and Taiwan.
With reference to when China loaned Taiwan its portion of the scroll for a joint exhibition of the entire work in 2011, during a brief period of warmer relations between the neighbors, the animation depicts one elf, representing the scroll piece in Taipei, choosing to visit her counterpart in Hangzhou and remembering when he had “come to visit me 12 years ago.”
The Taipei elf is traveling to Hangzhou when she comes across Chinese military aircraft and ships. She is amazed by much of the equipment on show and exclaims, “So cool!”