A new privately produced song called “Trade War” which slams the U.S. has gone viral on China’s social media amid mounting trade tensions between the two nations.
The song has more than 100,000 views on China’s We Chat and clearly indicates the rising anti-U.S. sentiment, Bloomberg reported.
One line in the song says, “If the perpetrator wants to fight, we will beat him out of his wits.”
The song starts with a group of males singing, “Trade war! Trade war! Not afraid of the outrageous challenge! Not afraid of the outrageous challenge! A trade war is happening over the Pacific Ocean!”
Watch it in the video below:
The song is set to the tune of an anti-Japanese song from the 1965 Chinese film “Tunnel War.”
It is produced by Zhao Liangtian, a retired official who is also a credited member of the Poetry Institute of China, which is affiliated with the Communist Party’s propaganda department.
Zhao said, “I chose ‘Tunnel War’ because that is reminiscent of the similar situation that China is facing today. Since the trade war broke out, I felt the urge to do something.”
Zhao said he paid money to produce his song after President Trump said he may impose even more tariffs. He noted that he doesn’t have any regrets. “I have received many phone calls in the past days from people to show support for my work,” he said.
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Chinese media has asked the people for “unified resistance” to U.S. pressures, calling it a “people’s war” and a threat to China.
Xinhua News Agency said, “Facing the U.S. which is going against the trend of the times, China resolutely showed the sword. We are forced to take necessary measures and are prepared for a protracted war.”
China Central Television’s movie channel, which is ran by the state, removed their prime-time schedule on May 16 to an older movie titled, ‘‘Heroic Sons and Daughters,’’ which is about a China-U.S. conflict during the Korean War.
Films that embrace the U.S. have all been removed, with the exception of worldwide blockbuster movies that are pulling in millions at the box offices.
In addition, all Chinese radio and TV are now required to play the Chinese national anthem at 7 a.m. each and every morning, as part of the country’s national patriotic education plan.
Another part of the plan is to “encourage and mobilize the whole party, army and people of all ethnic groups to rally more closely around the CPC Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at its core,” Bloomberg stated.