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Disney's magical thinking won't keep politics away from 'Mulan'

Lure of Chinese profits has led studios away from Hollywood's professed agenda

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Liu Yifei in the title role of "Mulan:" the film makes clear the willingness of major U.S. production houses to serve as China's megaphone.   © Disney/AP

Aynne Kokas teaches media studies at the University of Virginia and is the author of: "Hollywood Made in China." Jeffrey Wasserstrom teaches Chinese history at the University of California, Irvine, and is the author of "Vigil: Hong Kong on the Brink."

Hollywood faces a fresh test in its bid to gain audiences in China without alienating film viewers elsewhere with the release on Friday of Disney's much-hyped live-action remake of "Mulan."

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