US-China trade war

With anti-US movies, China digs in for a struggle bigger than trade war

President Xi Jinping toured Jiangxi last week, a province often used in propaganda to urge Chinese people to show grit and endurance.
President Xi Jinping toured Jiangxi last week, a province often used in propaganda to urge Chinese people to show grit and endurance.PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING • The 10-minute segment that ran on Chinese state television last week showed cadet trainees of the People's Liberation Army scrambling over towering walls, dragging enormous tyres, crawling through mud and shouting motivational slogans as President Xi Jinping exhorted the academy to be ready to fight and win a modern war.

The trade war with the United States went unmentioned.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on May 26, 2019, with the headline 'With anti-US movies, China digs in for a struggle bigger than trade war'. Subscribe