The Chinese government has posted a bizarre video of female Chinese soldiers marching in various settings to its official account for its embassy in France — and featuring music that was made for a famous 1996 military strategy video game.
The video, captioned “Les femmes de l’armée chinoise” (“The women of the Chinese army”), was posted on Sunday and features a number of clips of female soldiers marching in different contexts.
However, the music featured over the top of the clips is well-known to real-time strategy gaming buffs who grew up in the 1990s.
The music, peppered by the sound of boots and militaristic commands, is from the opening to the 1996 title “Command & Conquer: Red Alert.” That game, which is widely regarded as one of the best titles in its genre, is premised in an alternate timeline where Albert Einstein discovers time travel in a lab in New Mexico. As a result, in 1946 he transports back to pre-war Germany and removes future dictator Adolf Hitler from history altogether.
Einstein reappears in 1946 and is congratulated by his assistant for preventing World War II. Einstein warns that the celebration is premature.
It is unclear what sparked the tweet from China, or if it is drawing any ties or connection to the game itself.
But it comes amid growing aggression from the Chinese, both at home and abroad. The communist regime has been ramping up its deployments near Taiwan, which it sees as its own and a breakaway province.