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China’s latest effort to rally the public for a protracted trade war with the United States is a “viral” song spread by the authoritarian government on social media, titled simply “Trade War.”
The song is ostensibly privately funded and repurposes the tune from an anti-Japanese song dating back to the 1960s. The new anti-American lyrics were written by Zhao Liangtian, a retired government official and “an accredited member of the Poetry Institute of China, which is affiliated with the Communist Party’s propaganda department,” as Bloomberg News noted.
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According to Zhao, he paid a few hundred dollars to produce the song and persuaded other retirees to sing the chorus. He said he wrote the lyrics last year but was not motivated to record and release the song until trade negotiations between the U.S. and China took a turn for the worse this month.
The song is not exactly an earworm by popular music standards, and the messaging in the video is not subtle:
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The lyrics include such fiery declarations as, “If the perpetrator wants to fight, we will beat him out of his wits!” and “Trade war! Trade war! Not afraid of the outrageous challenge!”
Zhao’s “Trade War” song is just one of many expressions of nationalist fervor pushed by the Chinese government over the past few weeks. Bloomberg News noted Chinese radio and TV stations have been ordered to begin playing the national anthem at 7:00 AM every morning.
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The UK Daily Mail on Monday saw the proliferation of bombastic patriotic movies on Chinese television intensifying, accompanied by explicit instructions from state-run media telling citizens what to make of it:
State broadcaster CCTV’s movie channel on Thursday changed its...
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