After former first lady Michelle Obama appeared at the 2016 Democratic National Convention and told the story about how she used to urge her daughter to ignore those who questioned their father’s birth certificate and religion, she gave the nation a rallying cry against white nationalism and discrimination.
“When someone is cruel or acts like a bully, you don’t stoop to their level,” she told the convention crowd. “No, our motto is, ‘When they go low, we go high.’”
That last line became a powerful slogan in the days leading up to the elections and continued to be used during the anti-President Donald Trump protests that rocked the country.
Now, it seems China has also joined the protest against the president.
During a forum held in Beijing, Li Chenggang, an assistant minister at China’s Ministry of Commerce, used the quote from Michelle Obama to slam the Trump administration after it raised tariffs on $34 billion worth of Chinese goods.
“They go low, we go high,” he told the audience amid applause before referring to an Academy Award-nominated Hollywood movie about Winston Churchill galvanizing the British to fight against Nazi Germany.
“The current global trade and investment environment unfortunately is at ‘the darkest hour’ because of U.S. actions,” Li added. “At this moment, we need more than ever the light of free trade, the light of cooperation to shine out of darkness.”
Apparently, this is not the first time a Chinese official has used an anti-Trump slogan during the ongoing trade war between the two countries.
As reported by Bloomberg, state-owned Sinochem Group Chairman Frank Ning recently used the same quote during the APEC China CEO Forum, where he also said “the biggest victim from a trade war will be the one who initiates trade protectionism.”
After the Trump administration announced the new tariffs, China upped tariffs on U.S. exports, such as soy, dairy products, apples, whiskey, cigarettes, cars, seafood, pet food, and many other items. As a result, many farmers said they are afraid that products they had produced with the Chinese market in mind will no longer be purchased. This could open the market to other competitors, making it hard for American farmers to regain their position and hurting the American economy as a result.
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