Chinese state media — which function as Communist Party mouthpieces — issued a series of rabble-rousing statements on Monday, accusing the US of “greed and arrogance” and calling for a “people’s war” against it
The US-China trade war continues to heat up as Beijing calls for a “people’s war” against Washington, and President Donald Trump threatens to impose tariffs on another $300 billion worth of Chinese goods.
In a series of editorials and op-eds published on Monday, Chinese state media slammed the Trump administration’s “greed and arrogance,” and called for a “people’s war” against it. Beijing’s state-run media effectively serve as mouthpieces for the Communist Party.
“The most important thing is that in the China-US trade war, the US side fights for greed and arrogance … and morale will break at any point. The Chinese side is fighting back to protect its legitimate interests,” the nationalistic Global Times tabloid wrote in a Chinese-language editorial carried by Xinhua News Agency.
“The trade war in the US is the creation of one person and one administration, but it affects that country’s entire population. In China, the entire country and all its people are being threatened. For us, this is a real ‘people’s war.'”
- On Friday, May 10, Trump increased tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods, from 10% to 25%. Here are all the Chinese products that will get hit.
- On Monday, May 13, China retaliated by saying that it would raise duties on $60 billion worth of American goods from June 1, with new duties of 5% to 25%. Here are the American goods that will be affected.
- Later that day, the US Trade Representative’s Office published a list of about $300 billion worth of Chinese imports, noting that it proposes to slap tariffs of up to 25% on those products. Those goods include live purebred breeding horses, meat, condensed milk, tobacco, canoe paddles, and pieces of clothing.
If the Trump administration were to impose the new tariffs on $300 billion of additional goods it would mean that $500 billion of Chinese goods coming into the US would be subject to tariffs.