Pic­ture your­self in a PLA uni­form, and don’t worry

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By CHINA DAILY

The de­sign­ers of a pop­u­lar in­ter­ac­tive pro­gram that lets ne­ti­zens cre­ate pic­tures of them­selves in Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army uni­forms have shot down a ru­mor that the pro­gram is an in­ter­net fraud.

Peo­ple’s Daily, which cre­ated the pro­gram, shared it through WeChat on Sun­day to co­in­cide with the pa­rade mark­ing the 90th an­niver­sary of the PLA, which falls on Tues­day.

Af­ter scan­ning a QR code, users need only up­load a head­shot photo and se­lect the pe­riod in which they want to “serve” be­fore re­ceiv­ing a com­pos­ite that ap­pears to show them in uni­form.

The ac­tiv­ity quickly be­came a hit, with count­less peo­ple shar­ing the self-por­traits with friends on WeChat and other so­cial me­dia.

“I’m now an ex­pe­ri­enced sol­dier that was in­volved in both the War of Re­sis­tance Against Ja­panese Ag­gres­sion (1931-45) and the War of Lib­er­a­tion (194649),” Lei Jun, founder of smart­phone maker Xiaomi, wrote on Sina Weibo as he posted a set of Ties­hazhang, pic­tures of him­self in PLA uni­forms from those pe­ri­ods.

But within hours of the pro­gram’s re­lease, a ru­mor be­gan to cir­cu­late on­line that it was a scam de­signed to steal per­sonal data con­nected to servers in Canada.

Peo­ple’s Daily is­sued a state­ment on Mon­day that said the pro­gram “is not in­ter­net fraud” and that no pri­vate in­for­ma­tion will be di­vulged through its use. The news­pa­per also said it had con­tacted the po­lice for help in find­ing the source of the ru­mor. Yet many were un­de­terred. “I was a sol­dier when I was young, but I have few mil­i­tary uni­form pho­tos left, which is a pity,” an 82-year-old Bei­jinger told Beijing Morn­ing Post. He pro­vided only his sur­name, Chen.

He said his chil­dren made pic­tures of him in uni­form by us­ing the Peo­ple’s Daily pro­gram. “I look so old in the new pic­ture. But I am so happy that our coun­try is grow­ing stronger,” he said.

Wang Keju con­trib­uted to this story.


Cao Tingyou, head­mas­ter of a school of the mar­tial art or Iron Palm, shows how his hand can be used to drive nails into a board. The demon­stra­tion was part of the first Great Meet­ing Open to All, held at the Shaolin Tem­ple in Song­shan, He­nan prov­ince, on Mon­day. The meet­ing in­cluded cul­tural ex­changes, in­clud­ing Zen Bud­dhism, mar­tial arts and medicine.

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