Internally, China is a very peaceful nation with a very low crime and incarceration rate. If anything, China has learned that dealing with non-Chinese they have to become more assertive to match the aggressiveness of their adversaries. The Chinese will always strive for peace and harmony, but they now know that they may have to kick some ass to reach and maintain their goal when dealing with their neighbors who might not have the same level of peaceful intentions. China would prefer to use “soft power” to achieve harmonious outcomes, but they are also very competent using “hard power” if necessary to protect their mainland and their economy.
Releasing the Halloween candles now just means most of the good ones (including the decorations) will all be gone by the end of July, either by folks anxiety buying because they’re worried if they wait they’ll sell out or by folks looking to resell…unless B&BW is planning on multiple releases…and are they really going to be having Halloween up and running/consistently stocked in the stores for 4 months (July, August, September, October)? Doubtful considering how much they’d rather focus on holidays, candle day etc. I’m too old to be fighting with my computer at 6 am on a random Monday in the middle of July to get a “purrfect pumpkin”candle a minimum of 12 weeks before I’m even buying any Halloween candy, absolutely not.