China censors Trump and boosts propaganda ahead of vital trade summit

Beijing (CNN)It’s headline news in the rest of the world, but in China, US President Donald Trump’s threat to sharply raise tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods has barely registered a mention on the news agenda. China’s strictly-controlled state media still has not reported the detail of the tweets, nor the stern remarks by top US trade negotiators accusing their Chinese counterparts of “reneging” on previously agreed measures. Instead, TV, newspapers and online media sites are suddenly full of good news about the Chinese economy, potentially steeling citizens for any bad news ahead of Trump’s tariff deadline on Friday. While Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang obliquely acknowledged Trump’s online posts at a press briefing Monday, government censors were busy …