A cartoon depicting the G7 leaders as animals and describing Australia as “double-faced” has gone viral on Chinese. The Global Times, a mouthpiece for the Chinese Communist Party, promoted a cartoon that mocked the G7 leaders and depicted them as different animals. China has shown its disdain for the leaders of the G7 nations after the group joined together to demand transparency from Beijing and push for a fresh investigation into the .
The image, The Last G7, was published by Chinese cartoonist “Bantonglaoatang” on the social media site Weibo. The cartoon is a parody of Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper. It includes nine animals representing the US, the UK, Italy, Canada, Japan, Germany, France, Australia, and India. The Global Times claimed the cartoon was praised across social media on Sunday for “vividly and straightforwardly revealing the evil intentions of the West that tries to lay a siege to China”.
A kangaroo represents Australia, the US is a bald eagle, the UK is a lion, Canada is described as a beaver, France is a rooster, India is shown as an elephant, Italy is a wolf, Japan is shown as a Shiba Inu dog, and a black hawk represents Germany. Other cartoon elements include US dollars printed on a roll of, a cake printed with a map of China, and Japan’s dog pouring green liquid into everyone’s cups from a kettle marked with a radioactive warning symbol. A quote in the cartoon reads: “Through this, we can still rule the world”.
The Global Times claims the different facial expressions and gestures imply each G7 leader has its “own ax to grind on the common conspiracies of suppressing China and upholding the Western hegemony”. The publication quoted vlogger “sharp-tongued pumpkin” inhighlighted the “double-faced” nature of the country. “Sitting next to the dog is a kangaroo, which is stretching its left hand to the banknotes that the US is printing while grasping a bag in its right hand,” The Global Times wrote,
“The kangaroo symbolizes the double-faced, but is also eager to earn money from China, its largest trading partner, according to ‘sharp-tongued pumpkin’.” The publication also quoted the vlogger saying the US’s eagle depicts shows the country “trapped in its growing debt , but still points fingers at China”. It claims the wolf waving its hands shows Italy’s reluctance to collaborate with the US against China. The green drink being poured by Japan is the “contaminated water” the country plans to release to the Pacific from the destroyed .
The cartoon comes after a communique released after the G7 summit in Cornwall called for a “timely, transparent, expert-led and science-based” study convened by the(WHO) to determine how the pandemic began. The group also called on China to “respect human rights and fundamental freedoms”, alluding to its treatment of the Uighur ethnic minority in . The publication also claimed the Germany’s black hawk and France’s rooster seem more intersected in their issues than propaganda”.
China’s lack of cooperation hampered a previous WHO study into Covid-19’s origins. The organization’s director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said it was not “extensive enough” and “further investigation” was required. During US Presidentpress conference at the end of the G7 summit, he was asked what China could do to “ease tensions” with other countries. “I has to start to act more responsibly in terms of international norms on human rights and transparency.
Transparency matters across the board,” Mr. Biden said. “We haven’t had access to the laboratories to determine whether or not –, and I have not concluded, because our intelligence community is not certain yet – whether or not this was a consequence of a, a bat interfacing with animals (he meant humans) … or whether it was an experiment gone awry in a laboratory. “It’s important to know that.”