China Fights the Trade War at Home
Earlier this week, we got an inside look into how China is attempting to use its media controls to steel public resolve for the hits to come. The China Digital Times, a U.S.-based censorship-monitoring site, published what it claims is a leaked circular from Chinese authorities outlining how state media should cover the trade spat. We cannot confirm the document’s authenticity, but its contents jibe with narratives Chinese state media has begun pushing – and hint at intensifying pressures that Beijing is most certainly feeling. Below we provide some excerpts from the allegedly leaked document and outline how these statements can be used to shape public discourse on trade.