A hotel in the Chinese city of Shenzhen is reportedly charging its US guests an extra 25 per cent amid a trade war between Beijing and Washington.
- Washington published new proposed tariffs on an additional $271b worth of Chinese goods
- Official Chinese statements this week accused the US of “bullying” and starting the trade war
- China issued strict guidelines to its media barring personal attacks on Donald Trump, sources say
The Modern Classic Hotel Group had put up a notice at its hotel informing guests of the extra charge on American guests, according to the Global Times, which is published by the ruling Communist Party’s People’s Daily.
“The US provoked a trade war; we vowed to accompany it to the end,” the notice read.
A spokesperson of the hotel with the surname Yang told the paper: “We put up the notice last Friday. Our boss was really angry about the endless tariffs the US planned to impose on China, so we decided to stand with the country and show our support.”
But US customers did not display any particular reaction to the notice, they added.
“They just paid the 25 per cent higher room charge without asking anything,” the spokesperson said.
People answering the phone today at numbers on the hotel’s website said they were unaware of the policy.
There has been little public evidence to date of anti-American activity in China as the trade dispute has grown increasingly bitter.
The United States and China each imposed a 25 per cent tariff on $US34 billion ($46 billion) worth of the other’s goods on July 6.
This week, Washington published a new set of proposed tariffs on an additional $US200 billion ($270 billion) worth of goods from China, further escalating the conflict.
“Chinese public sentiment towards the US is becoming more sensitive” after Washington’s latest tariff threats, the hawkish tabloid said in its report.
Several sources said China issued strict guidelines to its media barring personal attacks on US President Donald Trump and limiting open commentary, in an apparent attempt to avoid unintentional escalation.
Authorities were also censoring potentially sensitive items on social media such as Weibo, China’s Twitter-like service, where trade-related items have been mostly kept off the list of top trending topics.
There have been signs of Chinese citizens taking matters into their hands, however: a picture of a sign at a restaurant serving Hunan cuisine informing US tourists of an extra 25 per cent charge circulated on domestic and international social media.
The origin of the photo could not immediately be confirmed.
Official Chinese statements this week have taken a sharper tone, accusing the United States of “bullying” and starting the trade war.