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NEWS//Trade war messaging

NEWS//Trade war messaging

The trade war between the U.S. and China is being fought on several fronts. One of those fronts is attempts by both sides to shape the meaning of the "conflict."

The accounts of the trade war that we hear in the United States are different than what is said in China. What follows is part of an op-ed article published by the People's Daily on June 19, 2019. The article is entitled, There's no need to admire or fear the US.

Washington repeatedly backtracked during the trade talks, and resorted to extreme pressure and bullying tactics, trying to constrain China's high tech companies with the abuse of national power and resources. In addition, U.S. law enforcement departments also harassed Chinese citizens in or going to the U.S., and a large percentage of Chinese students in the U.S. are facing visa restrictions….

The pressure exerted by the U.S. over the last year ignited the courage of Chinese society. China does not want a trade war, but it is not afraid of one, and it will fight one if necessary. Such an attitude reflects China's resolution and adherence to justice. The country's composed countermeasures were also hailed by its people who genuinely believe that their country is fantastic.

As Mao Zedong said a few decades ago when summing up the War to Resist U.S. Aggression and Aid Korea, "There is nothing to fear about U.S. imperialism. It is just a thing. We have gained this experience, this amazing experience." He then pointed out: "The Chinese people are well organized now, and no one can bully China. If anyone offends China, there will be trouble."

Source: People's Daily

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