Alibaba Chairman Jack Ma at a promotional event for "Green Book" in Beijing earlier this year. Photo by AP
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What Trade War? Hollywood Movies Invade China

Photo: Alibaba Chairman Jack Ma at a promotional event for "Green Book" in Beijing earlier this year. Photo by AP

Although China is buying less food and tech from the U.S. because of the trade war, one U.S. import is still strong: Hollywood films. 

The number of foreign films imported into China has risen steadily over the past few years. The trend was most pronounced last year, when the total reached 124 compared to 108 in 2017. So far this year, the growth has continued, but at a more muted pace: the number of foreign film imports has reached 102 so far this year versus 99 by the same time last year. Not all of these are American films but Hollywood’s share of the foreign film box office is also rising.

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