Well, Trump is one part but China is another. This is the real world, not a test tube experiment so I cannot isolate a single variable but the trend is in fact going well. You cannot use this complexity to insist that your hypothesis (China sucks as propaganda) is true and bend all other variables to suit it. Need I remind you, the most direct line of evidence at China's capability at controlling minds is the vast majority support that the CCP enjoys in China which the US can only dream of for any GOP let alone Trump's. I have provided you with all this evidence yet you still cling to Hong Kong despite it being a severe outlier.Ah, yes I saw this report somewhere too. While I still think China suck at propaganda these days, Trump had singlehandedly destroyed US image, and the world is more and more aware of US's shenanigan.
As for Hong Kong... Well I think about the future of Hong Kong, it is fucked. If Hong Kong is stagnant before now it is officially fucked. I sincerely hope this is the last victory for CIA, China better learn fast.
Speaking of Hong Kong, in the near term, yes it is. But in the long term, its future will be brighter than ever before. Rioters do what they do out of desperation, like an animal in its death throes. Even their controllers are desperate because China is growing just too fast. Hong Kong will be fully in the PRC's hands in a matter of time (not more than 28 years) and then we can start to build it correctly, eventually becoming a successful city of patriots. It will be a grueling process and there could be a lot of suffering in the meantime but it reminds me of training an experienced weightlifter with bad habits. He has been lifting for many years without a coach (or in this case, a poisonous one) so he has made substantial progress but hit a brick wall in improvement due to severe deficits in his form (such as inward knees, rounded back, early hip shooting, etc...). At first, we need to deconstruct all of his experiences, which will be painful; he will fight it, argue that the new way feels strange, complain that using proper form over his style, he lifts substantially less. But we will keep the weights low and place all emphasis on his new correct form. In time, he will start to add more and more weight while lifting correctly and eventually break through his former plateau into new heights. This is Hong Kong's long term bright future as a proud city of China, but now, it is just beginning its painful period of deconstruction.