Old Video of China Bridge Resurfaces Claiming It’s Linked to Pak
A viral video on social media claims that a 880 km highway linking China and Pakistan has been built in 36 months and is now open to the public. The claims reads: “The 880 km highway between China and Pakistan, built within a record period of only 36 months, is now open to the public. See what it looks like.”
Several social media users shared the viral video on Facebook with similar claim.
The Quint also received a query about the claims made about the same video via our WhatsApp helpline.
The same video was viral four months ago as well with a similar narrative. The video received an engagement of nearly two million views.
TRUE OR FALSE?
No, the highway showed in the viral video does not connect China and Pakistan. Rather, the video is of the 240 km long Yaxi Highway that connects Ya’an and Xichang, Sichuan province in southwest China. The highway was built in April 2012.
WHAT WE FOUND OUT
We did a frame-to-frame analysis using InVID, a video verification tool and then reverse searched each frame on reverse search image engine Yandex. This led us to a YouTube link.
This YouTube link showed a part of the viral video and claimed that the video was of the Yaxi Highway in China.
Further, on analysing another frame using Google reverse image search, we found a Facebook post that showed the entire viral video. Even this post claimed that the video was of Yaxi Highway.
While we were tracking tweets regarding the Yaxi Highway on TweetDeck, a dashboard application for management of Twitter accounts, we found a tweet by Lijian Zhao, DCM, Chinese Embassy. He had shared a video of Yaxi Highway on 24 December, 2018 which was same as the viral video.
China’s leading newspaper group People’s Daily had also shared visuals of the bridge in Ya’an City in 2017.
However, there is a highway named Karakoram Highway that links China and Pakistan. As per a BBC video, the highway stretches across 800 miles and is one of the highest built roads in the world.