U.S. trade war will only make us stronger, China’s top paper says
BEIJING (Reuters) – The trade war with the United States will only make China stronger and will never bring the country to its knees, the Communist PartyÔÇÖs PeopleÔÇÖs Daily wrote in a front page commentary that evoked the patriotic spirit of past wars.
The worldÔÇÖs two largest economies are locked in an increasingly acrimonious trade dispute that has seen them level tariffs on each otherÔÇÖs imports.
Tensions worsened this week after the Trump administration officially added ChinaÔÇÖs Huawei Technologies Co Ltd to a trade blacklist, immediately enacting restrictions that will make it extremely difficult for the telecom giant to do business with U.S. companies.
In a stridently nationalistic commentary, the ruling partyÔÇÖs official newspaper described ChinaÔÇÖs determination to protect it national interests and dignity as being as ÔÇ£firm as a boulderÔÇØ.
ÔÇ£The trade war canÔÇÖt bring China down. It will only harden us to grow stronger,ÔÇØ it said.
ÔÇ£What kind of storms have not been seen, what bumps have not experienced for China, with its more than 5,000 years of civilization? In the face of hurricanes, the nearly 1.4 billion Chinese people have confidence and stamina.ÔÇØ
ChinaÔÇÖs confidence comes from the spirit of its peopleÔÇÖs perseverance and endless struggle, it added, citing major disasters like floods, SARS and 2008ÔÇÖs massive Sichuan earthquake.
ÔÇ£From the Opium War to the Sino-Japanese War to the War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression and the War to Resist U.S. Aggression and Aid Korea – disaster and misery have come one after the other, tempering the Chinese people, pushing Chinese society to forge ahead in setbacks and move forward in adversity.ÔÇØ
Reporting by Ben Blanchard and Gao Liangping; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore