I could agree with some of this but the article fails to take into consideration what China gains domestically as well as regionally.
China is not going to stop trading with North Korea, no matter what Trump says. As one Republican senator aptly put it, "Nobody's afraid of Trump, not even the White House pages". And since the U.S. has pulled out of the TPP, China's rival trade bloc grows a bit more in esteem.
So maybe from an U.S.-centric perspective, China doesn't gain but that is a slightly myopic view and doesn't give a full picture.
When everything she does is painted in a good light no matter what and her rival is painted in a bad light no netter what, yeah I call it propped. This show wrote Hilary into the ground so that folks would root for Mariah to win. While I admit that the bad writing for Hilary didn't start with this story, it sure did get progressively worse. The story was Hilary bad and wrong so she deserves nothing. Mariah good and right so she deserves happiness and Hilary's life. Every character she cane into contact with onscreen repeated the "you're better that Hilary and better for Devon" line to Mariah and/or Devon. It bordered on the Billy!ManOfTheYear propping IMO. And you know how I felt about that.
In retrospect, writing wise with this turn the show is taking, I totally get why they were so heavy with that rivalry with Hilary. The show wants us to love Mariah and root really hard for her happiness where she's finally found this special connection and is being put first by her partner albeit a female. I get that. But, because I'm a fan of Hilary, I still don't like how it came at her expense. The show damaged her even more and I have no faith that they'd ever put in the effort to repair said damage.
Tinsley's voice is affected. I don't believe that is how she actually sounds if she was speaking naturally. She has a mix of Kardashian vocal fry, Paris Hilton pacing, and nasal whine that's totally unappealing.
Her voice is so different from her mother's buttery Southern drawl I wonder if she does it just so she's totally different from her mother.