Trade war leads to China boycotting US goods

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U.S. President Donald Trump and China's President Xi Jinping make joint statements at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, November 9, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Trade war leads to China boycotting US goods as innumerable residents of this port town who cash paychecks from American companies. Mr. Xu is one such Chinese citizen who is employed in as a technician at a Procter & Gamble manufacturing and distribution center here, one of the company’s biggest in China. Just opposite it, Nike has launched a new distribution center, its largest in Asia.

The Chinese consumer is eager for American good therefore more than 40 other American companies have set up shop here, making chemicals, lighters and a broad range of other products. Mr. Xu, who has worked for Procter & Gamble for 13 years, said that there is no animosity for American companies. The influence of this trade dispute shouldn’t be huge. After all, American companies involve many comforts to the lives of Chinese people.

Some Chinese state media avenues have indicated despairingly that Beijing could weaponize its billions of shoppers if Washington surges ahead with its recent tariff threats and starts an all-out trade war. On Weibo, China’s version of Twitter, there are periodical calls to prohibit Apple’s iPhones. Beijing has carried out the fight before as well, competently penalizing Japanese, South Korean and Philippine products and companies for political debates.

While rivalry from Chinese-made smartphones is increasing, iPhones remain trendy. Shopping mall developers anxious for extra cachet yearn for Starbucks to open stores. Nike influences the sportswear market in China. Chevrolet is one of the country’s most popular brands.