Headlines from China: How the Looming Trade War Might Influence the Entertainment Sector

How the Looming Trade War Might Influence the Entertainment Sector

It has been a few weeks since the United States and China started threatening each other with higher tariffs. Although there are no tariffs on entertainment products yet, it’s still possible that the looming trade war will influence the entertainment sector. Using China’s previous restrictions on South Korean content as a reference, although the Chinese government never made the ban official, it still negatively affected cultural exchange activities between the two countries and even propelled some Chinese audiences to voluntarily boycott Korean movies and TV shows. While the scale of the entertainment industry is much smaller compared to other involved industries, such as agriculture and automobile, the amplifying effects of cultural products will likely influence the stock market, tourism, and much more. In addition, the looming trade war might negatively affect the ongoing negotiation on film import quota and revenue-sharing policies, which could bring bad news to the Hollywood but open up more room for domestic Chinese films and films from other countries. Read more on yuemu

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