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Trump news: Spring Festival edition


  • Trump and Chinese New Year 2017
    Donald Trump was today once again a popular topic on Chinese social media for several reasons. First, he broke a long-standing American presidential tradition by not sending Spring Festival greetings to Chinese people. One internet user ridiculed Trump, saying (in Chinese), “Given his intellectual level, he might not know when Chinese New Year is.” Another subject of discussion was about a group of Chinese companies that rented a large digital billboard in New York’s Times Square to wish Trump and the American people a “happy Chinese New Year,” which one commenter described (in Chinese) as “rendering good for evil.” Chinese social media also lit up today over Ivanka Trump’s appearance at the Chinese Embassy’s New Year’s party and her recently posted video of her daughter singing a song in Mandarin. One of the most upvoted comments below the video reads (in Chinese), “It seems the only person in Trump’s family who knows nothing about politics and diplomacy is the president himself.”
    In other Trump news, the president’s éminence grise Steve Bannon was the subject of media reports that quote recent radio shows he did for Breitbart in which he said, “We’re going to war in the South China Sea in five to 10 years.”

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Jiayun Feng

Jiayun was born in Shanghai, where she spent her first 20 years and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism at Fudan University. Interested in writing for a global audience, she attended the NYU Graduate School of Journalism for its Global & Joint Program Studies, which allowed her to pursue a journalism career along with her interest in international relations. She has previously interned for Sixth Tone and Shanghai Daily.

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