Trump Plans Chinese Apprentice

08/22/2005 at 08:00 AM EDT

Trump Plans Chinese Apprentice
Donald Trump
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Donald Trump may be getting into the exporting business. The real estate mogul with the trademark hair is planning a sanctioned version of his hit reality TV show, The Apprentice, for Chinese audiences, according to a story in the South China Morning Post.

The Associated Press quotes Sunday's story in the Chinese newspaper, saying Trump has signed on as executive producer of the show, which will be very similar to the show broadcast in the U.S. Hosted by a Beijing real estate developer, the Chinese Apprentice will feature contestants trying to use their business smarts to outwit one another for a dream job.

This isn't the first time someone has tried to replicate the success of The Apprentice, but it's the first time Trump has been involved in a copycat show with his approval. He reportedly told the South China Morning Post, "There have been 11 (unofficial) copies of The Apprentice, and every single one of them has failed."

Whether the capitalist concept plays well in Communist-run China remains to be seen. However, the new Apprentice reportedly will run against Wise Man Takes All, a Chinese-developed show modeled on the U.S. hit and hosted by Vincent Lo Hong-sui, a real estate developer from Shanghai. Lo and Trump are engaged in a lawsuit over the sale of a nearly $2 billion New York property.

No word on when the show will begin airing, although the paper said final negotiations are taking place.

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