To deal with the ongoing Hong Kong protests, China has begun using unconventional methods -- including borrowing too liberally from pop culture, to the extent of risking being uncool.
A patriotic Chinese rap group has released a video, portraying Hong Kong's protests as violent and insinuating that they are backed by foreign governments.
The video, titled Hong Kong's Fall, is produced by a Chinese rap-band called CD Rev, also known as Chengdu Revolution.
Claims that protests are just an excuse for violence
The video is overlaid with clips of protesters clashing with the police, and emphasises the violence during the demonstrations.
It also hints that the protests are influenced by foreign agents.
Why you always hiding somewhere so hard to see?
So many counterfeits copying,
So I guess you must be some kind of luxury.
Once I heard you be found in the Middle East,
people were throwing bombs across the city streets.
If that's what you want, sorry I can't agree,
get those foreign armies outta town then we can talk about it."
The video then questioned who the mastermind behind the protests is.
"Now you be found in Hong Kong,
I start to think.
Who found you, who are you,
Who's hiding behind the scene.
All I see is a beautiful dream turning to nightmare.
Can I say hi there,
Hong Kong they all liars.
The lyrics began to take an anti-American turn, accusing them of hypocrisy and ignorance regarding the situation in Hong Kong.
"Yeah I'm talking about American hypocrisy,
They know nothing about love,
just wars and casualties.
And Mrs Clinton you know nothing about Chinese citizens.
Now I got some words from your President."
The video cuts to soundbites of US President Donald Trump saying that "something is probably happening with Hong Kong".
"Somebody wanna split Hong Kong from us
They started a riot, bring chaos and violence
But this time we stick together."
Any advice, President?"
The video ends by cutting to another soundbite by Trump, where he said that Hong Kong is a part of China, and that the Hong Kong people did not need advice.
The inclusion of Trump's statements on Hong Kong's sovereignty is interesting, considered the anti-American sentiments within the video and China's repeated claims that foreign agents are influencing the protests.
Not the first time
This is not the first time Chinese media has used music as a means of propaganda.
In March earlier this year, Chinese state news agency Xinhua published a rap video promoting the country's annual parliamentary meetings.
The same group behind this video has also released a song This is China, a patriotic party-approved song that was aimed at Westerners with the intent of changing their perceptions of China.
The full video can be seen here.
Top image from CGTN.