China trade war fight song goes viral

Tom McArthur
Page editor
Soldiers carry out military training in Taicang City, Jiangsu, China. Photo: Getty

A bombastic song that glorifies the trade war between the United States and China is going viral on social media.

Opening with a chorus of men singing "Trade war! Trade war! Not afraid of the outrageous challenge! Not afraid of the outrageous challenge! A trade war is happening over the Pacific Ocean!"

The song – catchily titled ‘Trade War’– is set to the tune of an anti-Japanese song from the 1960s film ‘Tunnel War’, in which a Chinese town defends itself from invasion. The 2019 version includes the line “if the perpetrator wants to fight we will beat him out of his wits.”

According to Bloomberg, the song has over 100,000 views on the messaging app WeChat and was produced privately by lyricist and producer Zhao Liangtian.

Liantian told Bloomberg: "Since the trade war broke out, I felt the urge to do something."

In 2017, the US launched an investigation into Chinese trade practices, before imposing billions of dollars worth of sanctions on its products last year.

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