On the opening day of the first Costco store in Shanghai, people jam-packed the store and forced it to close early. Despite the escalation of the China-US trade war and the official mouthpiece’s constant high-profile anti-US media campaign, Chinese citizens still favor the US store. Some scholars even say Chinese people are not anti-U.S.
According to Epoch Times, on the opening day, there was traffic jam and people waited in line in 100 degree weather to get inside the store. Many are in their 70’s or 80’s. People fought over the items in the store. Many products sold out quickly and the store was forced to close early. On the second and third day, the store had to limit the customers to under 2,000 at any given time. Customers told Epoch Times that the overall economy is declining. Things are expensive but wages do not grow. Average people don’t have much savings and live on a tight budget. Everyone wants to spend less. People jam-packed the Costco store because they don’t have trust in the food quality elsewhere. Costco products, on the other hand, are known for their superior quality and low prices. Many people are jokingly asking, “Why aren’t the officials coming out to ask people to embargo U.S. products?” It is not true that the Chinese people are anti-US. Many of the anti-US demonstrations are organized [by the government] and the participants are rewarded with money or monetary items. The authorities have been instilling in the people that the U.S. has launched a trade war. In fact, people know that the U.S. government does not rob the Chinese people and it is the Chinese government (the CCP) that hurts the Chinese people.
Source: Epoch Times, August 29, 2019