© Reuters. Worker applies ending touches to a statue depicting former U.S. Pesident Donald Trump, at a workshop in Dehua


By Martin Quin Pollard

XIAMEN, China (Reuters) – Chinese language furnishings maker Hong Jinshi first created a few pint-sized statues of former U.S. President Donald Trump meditating in a Buddhist pose as a enjoyable undertaking for himself final yr.

Six months on, Hong’s amusing interest has become a small side-hustle, with a workshop within the city of Dehua in Fujian province on observe to supply an inaugural batch of 250 statues of Trump wearing Buddhist robes along with his legs crossed.

Hong was impressed by the potential distinction supplied by the 2 extremisms of Buddhism and a former chief identified for his sharp outbursts.

“Our custom is that an individual who’s so previous and profitable … ought to begin to take pleasure in his previous age and be extra relaxed, however he was nonetheless tormented and fretting over numerous wishes and uncertainties,” Hong mentioned.

Hong has acquired orders from China and overseas for 200 of the statues, which take 10 days to make and have a design he refined over a number of months with the assistance of a sculptor good friend. A 16-cm (6.3-inch) model prices 999 yuan ($152.22) whereas a 46 cm statue prices 20000 yuan.

Gross sales can be greater, Hong mentioned, if not for the scores of “faux, copycat and decrease high quality” imitations which have popped up on fashionable Chinese language on-line market Taobao at decrease costs.

Hong has no concept if Trump has seen the statues, however mentioned he was ready to supply one to the previous chief to assist him “to cheer up a bit.”

Hong mentioned the undertaking has introduced him quite a lot of happiness, and really helpful Trump try an identical seek for fulfilment.

“Meditation is a glance inside, the place you let go, and cease combating for fame and fortune,” Hong mentioned. “In Trump’s present state, to be trustworthy, he’s actually well-suited to do some meditation on this means.”

($1 = 6.56 renminbi)

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