This Chinese mask factory is betting Donald Trump will be the next US president

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Despite Donald Trump’s China-bashing remarks in the US presidential campaign, one Chinese factory is betting on his victory to make a killing.

The Jinhua Partytime Latex Art and Crafts Factory, a Chinese mask maker based in eastern Zhejiang province, has begun rolling out thousands of Trump masks, as the factory believes he will eventually win the election, Reuters reported Thursday (May 26).

The factory produces rubber and plastic masks of everyone from Osama bin Laden to Spiderman, and now it’s also churning out thousands of masks of US presidential candidates including Trump and his likely Democratic opponent Hilary Clinton.

So far sales of the masks of Trump and Clinton, which go for about $5, are at about half a million each. But the factory management is expecting Trump to win, so it has begun stockpiling his masks. “When US citizens vote,” factory manager Jacky Chen told Reuters, “they will probably vote more for him.”

Molds for different masks, including those of Clinton and Trump, at the Jinhua Partytime factory.(Reuters/Aly Song)
A worker paints a mask of Trump.(Reuters/Aly Song)
A worker checks Trump masks.(Reuters/Aly Song)
Rolls of the half-finished Trump Masks.(Reuters/Aly Song)
A worker checks a mask of Clinton, which she just painted.(Reuters/Aly Song)
Masks of different politicians displayed in the factory’s showroom.(Reuters/Aly Song)
The factory manager wearing a Trump mask.(Reuters/Aly Song)

Established in 2010 and staffed with 700 employees, Jinhua Partytime claims to produce up to 30% of the world’s plastic and rubber masks, which are mostly exported to the US and Europe, local media reported (link in Chinese)

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