To many Chinese, America's star is losing its shine

Qi Haohan describes with pride the times he has leapt and pirouetted with American dancers across stages in China, and he counts as a major influence Daniil Simkin, a principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre. Ask him about China's trade war with the United States, however, and his admiration for America evaporates.

"Fight, fight, fight!" the 25-year-old wrote on social media, urging his country to stand strong after trade talks with the US broke down. "America's decision to increase tariffs will only bring about its own destruction," Qi, a dancer with the National Ballet of China, said in an interview. "China is totally ready to respond."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 22, 2019, with the headline 'To many Chinese, America's star is losing its shine'. Print Edition | Subscribe