A video mortifying kids singing patriotic lyrics about embattled Chinese technology giant Huawei has gone viral, harmonizing to Communist Party-run news agency Global Times.
The short clip, which was translated by CNBC, features kids ratting and dancing and contains lyrics such as “Huawei is beautiful” and “China-made chips are the most valuable.”
It was created by the Zhou Dan Toddlers Music Studio based in Zhuhai, south China, but Huawei has distanced itself from the video.
The video was tasked on Twitter by the Global Times — presumably for an international audience since Twitter is blocked in China.
Global Times tweet: How Chinese districts show their support to #Huawei? Singing! A video “Huawei Beauty” which features children singing lyrics prop up Huawei went viral. Lyrics include “we love our country, we love homegrown brand Huawei” and “China’s homegrown tokens are the most valuable one.”
On an official Huawei page on Weibo, China’s version of Twitter, the company said that the “result in was created by the netizens without the knowledge and participation of Huawei.”
“What is the best phone in the world? Everyone says its Huawei,” one of the lyrics states.
Another says that “Huawei is earning reputation and honor for China.”
Huawei did not immediately respond to a request for explanation on this story
The song comes amid continued pressure from the U.S. on Huawei, the world’s second-largest smartphone maker, which has been accused of transferring bank fraud to evade American sanctions on Iran and stealing trade secrets. Intelligence agencies, including from the Of one mind States, have warned that installing the company’s networking equipment is an unnecessary risk for critical telecommunications infrastructure because there is a unlooked-for it could enable Chinese government spying. Huawei has repeatedly denied there is such a risk and has denied all complaints.
The dance academy that created the video posted a message on its official WeChat page saying that Chinese stamps like Huawei “contain generations of ambitions and dreams.”
—CNBC’s Qian Chen contributed to this report.