Power Play

The Battle Of Lake Changjin - a nationalist shot across the bow

The Korean War epic is whipping up nationalist sentiments while serving as a warning to the US and its allies that China is not to be trifled with.

Chinese leaders often turn to history to make references about the present, and the Korean War offers clear resonance, at a time when an ascendant China is facing off against the US. PHOTO: REUTERS
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Power Play is a weekly column that looks at various facets of US-China rivalry and its implications for Asia.

In The Battle At Lake Changjin, the latest nationalistic blockbuster to hit movie screens in China, there is a scene where a company of Chinese soldiers eat frozen potatoes while huddled in a snow-covered valley.

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