What Chinese Kids Think About Trump

On the day of Trump’s inauguration, the president-elect is all the talk on Chinese social media. A video in which Chinese children express their views on America’s new president is now making its rounds on Weibo.

On the day of Trump’s inauguration, the popular Weibo account ‘This is America’ (@这里是美国) posted a Global Times video titled “Trump takes office, what do Chinese kids think about this?” (川普上任在即,中国孩子怎么看). The video was published by Chinese state media earlier this week.

The video features different Chinese children of various ages expressing their opinion about Donald Trump. “He has very rich facial expressions during the speeches,” one child says: “I feel that he is not a very serious person.”


“Chinese kids understand America better than American kids understand China.”


Some older children see Trump’s idea to build a border wall as a “simple and crude way to solve problems.”

About Trump’s often negative attitude towards China, they say that Americans are not as wealthy as before and that countries such as China and Japan are catching up with them: “They are just looking for a scapegoat,” they say.

The video in which Chinese kids express their opinions about Donald Trump.

The video received many likes and shares from Chinese netizens, who praised the children for their independent thinking and intelligence. One commenter writes: “These kids are the future of China, we can be happy about that.”

“Kids nowadays have a much broader horizon that we, the post-90s generation, had when we were young. They are also more mature for their age than we were,” one person remarks.

“Chinese kids understand America better than American kids understand China,” one Weibo user said.


“No matter how much you detest or hate Trump, he is the living proof that anything is possible.”


The theme of Americans and Trump not understanding China is a recurring one on Weibo today. “The American leadership does not understand China at all,” some netizens say. This is a remark that has particularly been making its rounds on Chinese social media after Trump’s Taiwan phone call and the interview in which he said he would not necessarily adhere to the ‘One China’ policy.

Many netizens wonder why there are so many American people opposing Trump’s inauguration: “Wasn’t he chosen by the people? So why do they oppose him? What a fake democracy,” one person writes.

There are also many commenters that think Trump could be good for America: “Without Trump, there is no new America,” they say. Others describe his inauguration as a “new chapter” in the history of the USA.

“No matter how much you detest or hate Trump, he is the living proof that anything is possible,” one female netizen says: “I will now go to sleep, and I hope Trump will still be the president when I wake up.”

– By Manya Koetse
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About the author: Manya Koetse is the editor-in-chief of www.whatsonweibo.com. She is a writer and consultant (Sinologist, MPhil) on social trends in China, with a focus on social media and digital developments, Sino-Japanese relations and gender issues. Contact at manya@whatsonweibo.com, or follow on Twitter.

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