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

Obsession
2016
Obsession
2016

Despite Donald Trump’s China-bashing remarks in the US presidential campaign, one Chinese factory is betting on his victory, and aims to profit from it.

The Jinhua Partytime Latex Art and Crafts Factory, a Chinese mask maker based in the 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 Hillary 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,” manager Jacky Chen told Reuters, “they will probably vote more for him.”

Moulds for different masks, including those of U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, are seen at Jinhua Partytime Latex Art and Crafts Factory in Jinhua, Zhejiang Province, China, May 25, 2016. 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. REUTERS/Aly Song SEARCH "JINHUA MASK" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. - RTX2EAWT
Molds for different masks, including those of Clinton and Trump, at the Jinhua Partytime factory. (Reuters/Aly Song)
U.S. election: manufacturing the masks
A worker paints a mask of Trump. (Reuters/Aly Song)
U.S. election: manufacturing the masks
A worker checks Trump masks. (Reuters/Aly Song)
U.S. election: manufacturing the masks
Rolls of the half-finished Trump masks. (Reuters/Aly Song)
U.S. election: manufacturing the masks
A worker checks a mask of Clinton, which she just painted. (Reuters/Aly Song)
Masks of different politicians are displayed in the showroom of Jinhua Partytime Latex Art and Crafts Factory in Jinhua, Zhejiang Province, China, May 25, 2016. 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. REUTERS/Aly Song SEARCH "JINHUA MASK" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. - RTX2EAY6
Masks of different politicians displayed in the factory’s showroom. (Reuters/Aly Song)
U.S. election: manufacturing the masks
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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