If tariffs go down on certain goods - food products and other products, even machinery, technical products - that Chinese would buy more of them. However, I don't know how much more. And I must say that - I want to make sure that we don't miss this opportunity because we don't feel that it's just about buying more goods. We really feel it's more about...
William Zarit, the chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in China, said a boycott “is one of the many tools that the Chinese have in their toolbox.”
“Because of the structure of the government and the political power of the party, they can call for a boycott and get a pretty good response,” Mr. Zarit said. “So that concerns me.”
A trade war would not be good for the American companies here, obviously, but I think they would continue to do their business. The atmosphere, of course, would not be as good. And the Chinese could take actions - subtle actions - unwritten regulations that could put pressure on American companies.
“However, blunt and often counterproductive import tariffs may not effectively bring about the desired changes in China’s unfair industrial policies,” Zarit said.
“We hope that both governments take a solution-oriented approach based on free and fair market access to resolve the current trade disagreements.”