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China's state media hits back at US on trade

AFP  |  Beijing 

its tightly controlled media this week after keeping a lid on for months as the trade war with reignited, with fiery clips from ricocheting around the internet.

The spree of editorials and commentaries in China's Monday and Tuesday ramped up attacks on and its trade tactics, with rolling out the propaganda campaign in synch with its retaliation on US goods.

announced Monday it would raise tariffs on USD 60 billion in US exports by next month, responding in kind to Donald Trump's decision last week to hike duties on hundreds of billions of dollars in Chinese merchandise.

The barrage began Monday night during CCTV's primetime newscast watched across

"has already given its answer: talk and the door is open, fight and we'll fight you to the end," an anchor read, looking directly at the camera.

"Through 5,000 years of ups and downs, what kind of battle has the Chinese nation not seen! During the great process of realising national rejuvenation, there will inevitably be difficulties, obstacles and even storms," he read.

"China's policy toolbox is ready and prepared for a comprehensive response." The clip ricocheted around the Chinese internet, trending on Twitter-like and Wechat, and inviting a massive show of support from the country's legions of netizens.

agency on Tuesday accused the of "using underhanded means to achieve its aim" and "downright bullying" in an editorial.

If the US thinks it "can achieve its goals with trade bullying, it is really underestimating the will and determination of the Chinese people to defend their core interests," the editorial said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, May 14 2019. 22:06 IST