China is reportedly on the brink of 'major retaliative measures' against the US as the trade war escalates further

Oliver Contreras/Getty; Greg Baker/Getty; Shayanne Gal/Business InsiderUS President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
  • China will hit the US with “major retaliative measures” at any moment, in reaction to the blacklisting of Huawei, a Chinese state media editor has warned.
  • Hu Xijin, editor of the Global Times, tweeted on Friday: “China will take major retaliative measures against the US placing Huawei and other Chinese companies on Entity List.”
  • Companies on The Entity List need a licence to trade in the US: a big problem for Huawei, as 25% of their hardware is made by the US-based companies. Huawei was added on May 16.
  • In response China is expected to restrict the US’ access to rare earth metals, which are essential to the US’ manufacturing sector.
  • The US government claims Huawei was sectioned as it’s not free from state interference, and could be used to compromise US national security.
  • The clash over Huawei is part of the ongoing US-China trade war, comprised of tit-for-tax tariff hikes on US and Chinese imports since March 2018.
  • On Friday, China’s Ministry of Commerce told state media it’s setting up an “unreliable entities list” which will “target foreign firms that cut supplies to China,” Reuters reported.
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China is preparing to deploy “major retaliative measures” over the US’ decision to blacklist Huawei, according to the editor of one of the country’s state media outlets.

Hu Xijin, editor of the tabloid newspaper Global Times, wrote on Twitter: “China will take major retaliative measures against the US placing Huawei and other Chinese companies on Entity List.”

“This move indicates Beijing will not wait passively and more countermeasures will follow.”

On Friday, China’s Ministry of Commerce said it will set up an “unreliable entities list” which will “target foreign firms that cut supplies to China,” Reuters reported.

The US added Huawei to The Entity List – a list of companies US businesses need a licence to trade with – on May 16, saying it is “involved in activities contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States.”

Huawei chief legal officer song LiupingWANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty ImagesHuawei’s Chief Legal Officer Song Liuping speaks during a press conference in Shenzhen, China’s Guangdong province on March 7, 2019.

140 other Chinese companies were also added to the list. China claims Huawei is independent of the government.

The blacklisting is a big problem for Huawei, as the US is home to 25% of their suppliers, including Qualcomm and Micron Technology, who make computer chips.

In retaliation, China is expected to restrict the export of rare earth metals to the US. On Tuesday, Hu tweeted: “China is seriously considering restricting rare earth exports to the US.”

Trump xi trade war china usREUTERS/Fred Dufour/Pool; Alex Wong/Getty ImagesChinese President Xi Jinping; US President Donald Trump.

Business Insider’s Alex Ma previously reported how China holds 90% of the world’s rare earth metals, 17 elements on the periodic table, and one of the most important Chinese exports to the US.

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They are found in products from batteries to smartphones, electric cars, and fighter jets. The minerals are used in tiny amounts but can be crucial to the manufacturing process.

Rare earthU.S. Department of Agriculture / Peggy GrebRare Earths, clockwise from top center: praseodymium, cerium, lanthanum, neodymium, samarium and gadolinium.

Rumours China would restrict US access to rare earths in response to the Huawei ban circulated after Chinese President Xi Jinping made a highly-publicized visit to a rare earth factory in eastern China.

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The decision to block Huawei was another rung on the long ladder of US decisions which have transformed trade negotiations into a tech Cold War.

China and the US abandoned attempts to secure a trade deal in May this year, but have been exchanging tit-for-tat tariffs since March 2018.

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On May 10, 2019 Trump signalled the end of formal negotiations hiking tariffs on $US200 billion worth of Chinese imports by 15%. They went from 10% to 25%.

Three days later China raised tariffs on $US60 billion of American goods, starting June 1.

On Thursday, China’s vice foreign minister Zhang Hanhui accused the US of engaging in “naked economic terrorism” and said China was “not afraid.”

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