President Trump is, according to the Chinese Internet, a Marvel supervillain who can wipe out half the universe with a snap of his fingers. But in Trump’s case, it’s the Chinese stock market he destroyed with his threats to raise tariffs if Beijing doesn’t bend to his demands on trade.
“Move my fingers, wipe out half of Chinese investors,” said one popular meme circulating on Chinese social media Monday, showing Trump as Thanos, the ultimate bad guy from the Avenger series.
The apocalypse-themed “Avengers: Endgame” movie is breaking box office records in both China and the United States and is clearly influencing reactions to the latest phase of the long-running U.S.-China trade war.
“Trump led to global panic with his Thanos-like presence,” said another post on Weibo, showing Trump with one real hand and one jewel-encrusted metal hand like the movie villain. …