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Fox Business and China state television anchors to debate trade

Posted May 29, 2019 11:57 a.m. EDT

— The US-China trade war is spilling onto the airwaves.

Anchors from Fox Business and Chinese state television will face off Wednesday in a debate over the trade conflict between their two countries.

Fox Business anchor Trish Regan will take on Liu Xin of China Global Television Network, the international arm of China Central Television (CCTV). US viewers can see the debate at 8:00 p.m. ET on Fox Business.

The two anchors have clashed in recent weeks after Regan used her show to accuse China of causing huge economic losses to the United States through the theft of intellectual property.

Liu criticized that argument in a response posted online as "all emotions and accusations supported with little substance." She said Regan's eyes "practically spit fire" when talking about China.

Regan countered on Twitter by accusing China of "waging an information war against the US and me."

The spat escalated further when Regan challenged Liu to a debate, and the Chinese journalist accepted.

The debate promises to bring some of the drama from recent trade negotiations to cable television. After months of back and forth, discussions between the United States and China broke down earlier in May, unnerving investors and raising the prospect of a prolonged conflict between the economic rivals.

Liu and Regan may not venture far from their countries' official positions.

Fox Business is a favorite channel of President Donald Trump, and Regan has in the past fiercely defended US trade policy. Liu is one of the most senior journalists at Chinese state television and the host of a weekday prime time opinion show on China Global Television Network called The Point with Liu Xin.

Chinese state media outlets are tightly controlled and consistently reflect the official line of the country's ruling Communist Party. CCTV has in the past used strong nationalistic language to reassure the domestic audience that China's economy can weather the tariffs imposed by Trump.

In February, the US Justice Department forced the network's outlet in the country to register as a foreign agent.

Television watchers in China won't be able to see the debate live.

CCTV said it can't broadcast the program live in China because of "rights issues," but said it will "cover it closely." Foreign media is tightly controlled in the country and social media is censored.