No Longer a Trade Tiff: China Screams ‘People’s War’ | The National Interest

by Gordon Chang

“People’s war.” That’s the Communist Party’s new term for the trade dispute with the United States.The Global Times, the party’s nationalist tabloid, used that phrase on the May 13, but China’s leaders obviously approved of the rhetorical escalation. Both People’s Daily, the self-described “mouthpiece” of China’s ruling organization, and the official Xinhua News Agency carried the piece to wider audiences.There seems to be a mismatch in perceptions. President Donald Trump, in comments to reporters on Tuesday, characterized the trade disagreement this way: “We’re having a little squabble with China.”

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