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'Top Gun' in China: 'Leading the Dream' to Liaoning

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Leader For The Dream

So let’s say you’re a major global superpower, and you just got your first aircraft carrier. What do you do next?

If you’re China, you commission a six-minute sizzle reel showing off your totally sweet ship, set to pop music, with lots of sun-dappled cinematography of badass planes and the ripped pilots who fly them. Thus: “Leading the Dream,” a video which cuts between naval maneuvers and pop-music interludes featuring Tibetan singer Rong Zhong Er Jia.

According to the New York Times, “Leading the Dream” was watched more than two million times within 24 hours of its release, which admittedly represents a mere .0000001% of the Chinese population according to what I remember from reading The Economist once five years ago. But people from around the world can thrill to the fact that the Chinese have basically made their own Top Gun, complete with ambient biceps. (Disappointingly, they don’t fight any MiGs.) Check it out: