China de­clares year of dog with Trump ef­figy

The Guardian Weekly - - Diversions - Ben­jamin Haas

As China pre­pares to ring in the Lu­nar New Year, one shop­ping mall has de­clared it the year of #TrumpDog, com­plete with a gi­ant statue that bears a strik­ing re­sem­blance to the US pres­i­dent.

The statue sports a deep frown, an index fin­ger point­ing straight up and Trump’s sig­na­ture coif­fure in what is be­lieved to be his favourite colour, gold. The dog is also wear­ing a red ker­chief, although it is sig­nif­i­cantly shorter than the power ties typ­i­cally worn by the pres­i­dent.

The Peo­ple’s Daily, the of­fi­cial mouth­piece of the Com­mu­nist party, her­alded the statue’s ar­rival: “Wel­come the #TrumpDog.”

The Fes­ti­val Walk Mall in Taiyuan, the cap­i­tal of the north­ern prov­ince of Shanxi, erected the statue ahead of the start of the Lu­nar New Year, which falls on 16 Fe­bru­ary. Last year the shop­ping ar­cade built an­other Trump-like ef­figy, but the US pres­i­dent was por­trayed as a rooster.

The Chi­nese zo­diac is a 12-year cy­cle, with each year rep­re­sented by a sep­a­rate an­i­mal. Trump was born in 1946, also the year of the dog. But that is not good news for the US pres­i­dent, as Chi­nese cul­ture pre­dicts a year of bad for­tune when the zo­diac cy­cle reaches their birth sign.

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