WATCH: Chinese TV Plays 'America The Beautiful' During Rocket Launch

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Photo: Courtesy of CCTV

Chinese state television marked last night’s launch of China’s first space station with a bizarre show of patriotism — for the United States. As a tribute to the launch — which has been heralded as a major display of the country’s technological awesomeness — China Central Television treated viewers to footage of the launch, followed by animation of the Tiangong-1 module floating up to space — all to the tune “America The Beautiful.”

It is totally unclear what the meaning of this is.

“I don’t know how to answer your question,” Chen Zhansheng of the CCTV propaganda department told The Guardian, which first discovered the oddity. “I cannot help you.”

Watch the video below, courtesy of MSNBC. You can also check it out on CCTV’s English website.

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