Recently, China’s Ministry of Commerce continued a harsh tone on trade discussions with the U.S., whereas remained vague on one of its most worrying countermeasures. That is China’s “changeable entities list,” which was declared and would supposedly recognize foreign entities that have a hazard to Chinese firms. That list—when it would be released—would not aim at a particular industry, individual, or company, Gao Feng—Commerce Ministry Spokesman—stated at a press conference. He said the administration is still functioning on details that would be disclosed in the near future. The discussions about the list came after the U.S. President Donald Trump’s government placed Chinese tech giant Huawei on its “Entity List” that efficiently prevents the firm from doing any US businesses.
Over 30 US companies, counting Micron, Qualcomm, Skyworks, and Qorvo are considered Huawei’s “major suppliers” for goods ranging from smartphones to telecom networking equipment. On asking about negotiations amid both the countries, Gao stated a frequent government line that the U.S. should show some sincerity in adjusting its “incorrect actions” before talks could continue. Gao said, “Due to the U.S. pressure, repeatedly increasing trade roughness, the responsibility lies entirely with the U.S. side.”
On a similar note, recently, BlackRock stated that a US-China trade agreement is likely this year, but markets would not be cheering. There is still a possibility that China and the U.S. can attain a trade deal by the end of 2019, but that would not be enough to source investors to cheer, as per to an investment specialist from BlackRock. Isabelle Mateos y Lago—BlackRock’s Chief Multi-Asset Strategist—said that any trade deal amid Beijing and Washington would likely be “constricted.” That means the contract would not likely determine all the tensions amongst the two countries, she explained.