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Fox’s Trish Regan Invites CGTN’s Liu Xin to Trade War Debate “Round 2”


It is happening again. It is happening again. Well, maybe. After a convivial chat about trade with very little by way of actual debate, Fox’s Trish Regan and CGTN’s Liu Xin look set to once again discuss the trade war and US-China relations.

Regan has taken to Twitter to offer up the prospect of “Round 2” after the first debate at the end of May garnered her show plenty of attention at home and abroad:

Okay Trish, that’s true — “not everything on TV has to be a ‘fight'”, but after you accused Liu of spreading misinformation and Liu stated that your eyes “practically spit fire”, we were hoping for something a little more heated than what we got.

This is also true, but we’d also wager wasn’t what most people tuning in were expecting.

When it was announced, the first “debate” had us bemused and, we’ll admit, a little excited. But after the segment simply allowed Chinese State media host Liu to air Party talking points without being properly challenged, and she didn’t seem to be allowed to put significant questions to Regan, we’re finding it hard to get too worked up over this one.


Fox vs CGTN: Key Moments from the Trade War Debate Between Trish Regan and Liu Xin

Liu has pointed to this weekend’s national Dragon Boat holiday as a reason for delaying her response to Regan, but given the easy ride she had during round 1, and given it was something of a legitimizing propaganda coup for the Chinese State TV network she works for, we can’t see many reasons Liu would turn down this latest invitation. Whether it’ll stir up as much coverage as the first remains to be seen.

That said, if they announce that it’ll be conducted in Mandarin, or that they’re adding Trevor Noah into the mix, Regan and Liu will certainly have our attention.

Update: Looks like it’s on…

“Don’t expect a debate”, says Liu. But but…


Jake Newby
Jake Newby is a Shanghai-based writer and editor with more than a decade's experience living and working in China. Previously managing editor of RADII and Time Out Shanghai, he's also written for the Associated Press, The Wire, the Financial Times and more.
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