As the trade war intensifies between China and the US, Chinese at the Shanghai consumer electronics fair were able to vent their trade frustrations with America through bashing a life-sized bobblehead of President Trump with a hammer, reported AFP.
Japanese tech firm Soliton Systems managed the "stress-relief" station at the Consumer Electronics Show Asia (CES Asia) from 11 to 13 of June at the Shanghai New International Expo Center (SNIEC) where anyone who could swing a hammer and had hatred towards the US for sparking an economic war - could relieve stress.
"The reason we chose Trump is because he is in a sense very outstanding among all the American presidents from the past," Takenori Ohira, a manager with Soliton Systems' AI robots and Internet of Things (IoT) division told AFP. "That is why we chose him."
AFP interviewed Wang Dongyue, 31, who said he wished he used his "hands and feet" to strangle the bobblehead of President Trump. "I think the hammer isn't satisfying enough," Dongyue said after he whacked the bobblehead.
"I don't have a good impression of him to be frank, because he's not very friendly to China now," Dongyue said.
"They should have a boxing glove. That would feel better," another conference attendee, Liu Di, said after he observed others strike the bobblehead.
The continuing trade war between both countries deepened in May when President Trump announced a 25% tariff on $200 billion of Chinese goods. In response, China placed a 25% tariff on $60 billion of US goods.
Trump has since threatened to slap tariffs on another $300 billion of Chinese goods if China's leader Xi Jinping doesn't meet him at the 2019 G20 Osaka summit in Japan. The move would likely trigger a full-blown trade war.
There has been a change in the way that Beijing manages nationalist sentiment inside China. Until May the government suppressed hawkish views on the US-China relationship, but with a strong possibility the trade war is about to deepen again, it seems an anti-America movement across the country is beginning, something we reported on over the weekend...