søndag 1. september 2019

Trump’s face-changing used to rattle China, but time is now on Beijing’s side

The art of face-changing, or bian lian, is the most dramatic highlight of traditional Sichuan opera, in which a deft performer can change painted silk masks in quick succession with a flip of the wrist and a twist of the neck, revealing striking facial expressions.

In the political theatre, US President Donald Trump deserves the title of a master face-changing artist over his latest about-faces on the US-China trade friction. On August 23, he used Twitter to attack Chinese President Xi Jinping as “an enemy”, and then turned around on August 26 to hail Xi as “a great leader”.