A scene from Disney film Mulan. The massive economic value of bilateral commercial and cultural exchange has developed into a costly silence among Americans and American companies. Photo: Disney via AP A scene from Disney film Mulan. The massive economic value of bilateral commercial and cultural exchange has developed into a costly silence among Americans and American companies. Photo: Disney via AP
A scene from Disney film Mulan. The massive economic value of bilateral commercial and cultural exchange has developed into a costly silence among Americans and American companies. Photo: Disney via AP
Chris Fenton
Opinion

Opinion

Eye on Asia by Chris Fenton

Mulan case study: How China and the US can prevent tensions from boiling over

  • China should stop retaliating when Americans exercise free speech in America – without that safety valve, bilateral pressures and controversies can only build up
  • In Mulan’s case, should Disney apologise to Americans and Beijing acknowledge its right to do so, without threatening its business in China, tensions would decrease

A scene from Disney film Mulan. The massive economic value of bilateral commercial and cultural exchange has developed into a costly silence among Americans and American companies. Photo: Disney via AP A scene from Disney film Mulan. The massive economic value of bilateral commercial and cultural exchange has developed into a costly silence among Americans and American companies. Photo: Disney via AP
A scene from Disney film Mulan. The massive economic value of bilateral commercial and cultural exchange has developed into a costly silence among Americans and American companies. Photo: Disney via AP
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Chris Fenton

Chris Fenton

Chris Fenton is the author of Feeding the Dragon. He is a media executive and a US-Asia Institute trustee. www.feedingthedragonbook.com. Twitter: @TheDragonFeeder