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China must stop fanning the flames of anti-American nationalism

Beijing risks creating unrealistic domestic expectations that could boost tensions with US

| China
Chinese visitors take pictures at a Korean War monument: the Chinese government is fanning anti-American nationalism by broadcasting old movies about the conflict.   © Reuters

As the Sino-American trade war continues to escalate, China appears to be opening a domestic front by fueling anti-American nationalism with strident rhetoric and decades-old Maoist-era war movies.

Until the trade talks between the two countries deadlocked two weeks ago and Washington raised tariffs from 10 to 25% on $200 billion of Chinese exports to the U.S., the Chinese government had kept a tight lid on its propaganda machine. The Communist Party's diligent censors made sure that not only the trade war received minimal coverage but also criticisms of the U.S. were suppressed in the media.

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