Chinese officer criticizes Hollywood's 'Pacific Rim'

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A scene from the hit American science fiction film 'Pacific Rim' [File photo]

A scene from the hit American science fiction film "Pacific Rim" [File photo]

The hit American science fiction film "Pacific Rim" fails to convey a sense of peace but exported the U.S.'s rebalancing of its Asia-Pacific strategy, said an officer of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) on Friday.

In an bylined op-ed carried by the PLA Daily on Friday, Zhang Jieli, a PLA officer said Hollywood movies "have always served as a propaganda machine to convey American values and their strategies in the world."

In the movie, the U.S. again behaves as the savior of mankind and the world police, fighting the Kaijus, monsters which have risen from the depths of the Pacific Ocean to attack human cities, said Zhang.

The U.S. science fiction blockbuster "Pacific Rim" remained atop China's box office charts in the week ending Aug. 18, grossing 640 million yuan (US$104.5 million).

"The decisive battle against the monsters was deliberately set in South China Sea adjacent to Hong Kong," Zhang said. "The intention was to demonstrate the U.S. commitment to maintaining stability in the Asia-Pacific area and saving the mankind."

In addition to tremendous box office earnings from the Chinese market each year, American blockbusters implant western values in young Chinese minds to change their way of thinking, he noted.

Seeing China's rise as a challenge to their values and system, some western people have spared no effort to infiltrate the Chinese psyche, ideologically and culturally with the help of Hollywood movies, he said.

"Soldiers should sharpen their eyes and enforce a 'firewall' to avoid ideological erosion when watching American movies," Zhang warned. "More importantly, they should strengthen their combat capability to safeguard national security and interests."

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