The Chinese lyricist behind the viral hit Trade War has written two more songs praising Huawei and its “ironman” founder Ren Zhengfei. Zhao Liangtian’s anti-US song – set to an old anti-Japanese tune – captured the rising tide of nationalist sentiment and became a viral hit online with lyrics urging Chinese people not to be afraid of the “outrageous challenge”. The song, which cost him 1,600 yuan (US$230) to produce, attracted more than 250,000 views in just four days after he published it on his public WeChat account last week. He has also been looking for collaborators to write music for two songs he first published last year – The Song of Ren Zhengfei and Our Name is Huawei . Zhao said that so far a music teacher from Shandong province has come forward with music for the latter song. Five different people have also written music to accompany his paean to the tech company boss, which has lyrics that read: “The ironman/ Shouldering heavy burdens/ Marching on a tough entrepreneurial journey/ The road to success is long and dangerous. “Sleep on brushwood and taste gall/ Never say never/ Never surrender/ Fighting with the headwind and giant waves/ For a rich and strong motherland.” “I really admire him [Ren], his management, the strategy to focus on science and technology investment and [the ambition] to compete with international competitors,” said Zhao, a civil servant at the culture, broadcast, news and tourism bureau of Yan Ting County in Sichuan province. Zhao is also a member of the Poetry Association of China, and said his preferred themes are patriotism and praising the elite. In the future, he hopes to write novels about people’s daily lives and the phenomenon of left behind children created by poor rural migrants moving to the main cities for work. While some internet users have applauded his work and said “it brings hope”, others have questioned whether the tone is appropriate. “Delete it. Don’t put Ren in a difficult position,” one user commented on the microblogging website Weibo. Ren himself has appealed for people in China to remain calm amid the rising nationalist sentiment. In a recent group interview with mainland media outlets he said: “One can’t be deemed patriotic simply for using Huawei products, or the other way round. Huawei is a commercial business. If you like [the product] then use it. Do not politicise it.” Despite the popularity of his songs on Chinese social media platforms, no one from Huawei has contacted Zhao. He said: “Huawei and Ren Zhengfei do not engage in personal worship. They are devoted to science and technology research … that’s why the company will never collapse. It’s really the backbone of our nation.” Huawei has not responded to requests for comment. In February this year another music video of a group of children performing a song called Huawei the Beautiful also became a hit online. The production company behind it told The Washington Post that it made the video as “an act of public benefit”. Huawei’s official Weibo account responded to that song by thanking people for their “attention and love” but stressed it had nothing to do with the video.