Chinese internet users hail ‘Comrade Trump’ for driving reforms

US President Donald Trump may have his critics in China, but some internet users have suggested, albeit sarcastically, that he has been a positive force for the country, acting almost as a catalyst for much-needed reforms.

In social media circles and even on some academic forums, the American leader has been referred to as Comrade “Chuan Jianguo”, which translates as “Trump Building the Nation”.

The backhanded compliment stems from the assumption that by starting a trade war with China, Trump coincidentally forced the country into a programme of domestic reforms to counter its impact.

Such is people’s familiarity with the nickname that Wang Manchuan, head of the public administration department at China’s Central Party School, used it on Wednesday at a seminar about China’s development priorities after the party’s fourth plenum.

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