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Inside A Chinese Factory That Mass Produces Masks Of Donald Trump

"I think in 2016 this mask will completely sell out," the manager said.

26/05/2016 11:37 PM AEST | Updated 26/05/2016 11:37 PM AEST
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The Jinhua Partytime Latex Art and Crafts Factory is churning out masks of presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

JINHUA, China (Reuters) - There's no masking the facts. One Chinese factory is expecting Donald Trump to beat his likely U.S. presidential rival Hilary Clinton in the popularity stakes.

At the Jinhua Partytime Latex Art and Crafts Factory, a Halloween and party supply business that produces thousands of rubber and plastic masks of everyone from Osama Bin Laden to Spiderman, masks of Donald Trump and Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton faces are being churned out.

Sales of the two expected presidential candidates are at about half a million each but the factory management believes Trump will eventually run out the winner.

"Even though the sales are more or less the same, I think in 2016 this mask will completely sell out," said factory manager Jacky Chen, indicating a Trump mask. 

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The factory produces thousands of rubber and plastic masks of everyone from Osama Bin Laden to Superman.

The firm was already beginning to stockpile the de facto Republican candidate's mask, he said.

Just like with the sales of the $4-$5 masks, Trump is now running nearly even with Democrat Hillary Clinton among likely U.S. voters ahead of the November election, a Reuters/Ipsos poll from May 11 showed.

That is a big turnaround for the real estate billionaire once considered a fringe figure in the race, but now the Republican party's presumptive presidential nominee.

Trump has been less than positive in his comments about China, asserting that the world's number two economy had waged "economic war" against the United States, and used crafty business practices to steal American jobs.

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While sales of the masks of Clinton and Trump are more or less the same, factory manager Jacky Chen believes that the Trump mask will sell out in 2016.

China has largely refrained from responding to Trump's barbs, but Finance Minister Lou Jiwei described him as "an irrational type" in an interview in April.

Such issues are far removed from the Trump mask production line at the factory in Zhejiang province, south of Shanghai.

Asked if he knew whose face he was making, 43-year-old worker Liu Dahua told reporters: "It's the president of the U.S., right?"

Take a look at more photos inside the factory below.

  • Aly Song / Reuters
    A worker carries a freshly made mask of Donald Trump at the Jinhua Partytime Latex Art and Crafts Factory in China.
  • Aly Song / Reuters
    The Halloween and party supply business produces rubber masks of many people, including Osama Bin Laden.
  • Aly Song / Reuters
    The factory also produces masks of Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton.
  • Aly Song / Reuters
    Molds for different masks are seen in the factory.
  • Aly Song / Reuters
    Masks of U.S. Republican candidate Donald Trump lie in a box.
  • Aly Song / Reuters
    A worker inspects masks of Donald Trump.
  • Aly Song / Reuters
    A worker inspects a mask of Hillary Clinton.
  • Aly Song / Reuters
    The manager poses wearing a mask of Hillary Clinton.
  • Aly Song / Reuters
    Now he poses in a Donald Trump mask.

(Reporting by Xihao Jiang and Natalie Thomas; Editing by Patrick Johnston and Robert Birsel)

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