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'Abominable' shows China can melt US hearts even amid trade war

Movie's American success proves value of authenticity

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Abominable is the story of a regular Chinese girl living with her family in modern-day Shanghai.   © DreamWorks Animation LLC

Politicians across the Trump administration and U.S. Congress have been raising alarms all year about Chinese influence. Yet despite this, China achieved a remarkable soft power success in the form of the new animated movie "Abominable," which went straight to No. 1 in U.S. ticket sales during its opening weekend in late September.

The key to this soft power success was authenticity, which has often not been a priority for China or its big-budget film productions.

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