Ministry: ZTE ban will harm U.S.

Updated 2018-04-20 09:16:03 China Daily

Visitors to the stand of Chinese telecom equipment maker ZTE Corp at an industry expo in San Francisco.

Job opportunities to be hit, related businesses will also be affected

The ban launched by the United States on Chinese telecom equipment maker ZTE Corp has caused market worries about the trade and investment environment in the U.S., the Ministry of Commerce said on Thursday.

Gao Feng, the spokesman for the ministry, said that the action against ZTE Corp will harm the U.S.

"The action targets China; however, it will ultimately undermine the U.S. itself," he said at a regular news conference.

The ministry said the U.S. will lose tens of thousands of job opportunities, while hundreds of related U.S. businesses will also be affected.

The move has fueled widespread concerns over U.S. investment and the business environment, Gao said. "We hope the U.S. does not try to be too clever, or it will only receive a bitter outcome from what it has done."

To meet political demand, the U.S. Department of Commerce on Tuesday imposed a denial of export privileges against ZTE Corp for alleged violations of the export administration regulations.

Gao said the U.S. side should not underestimate China's determination.

"If the U.S. attempts to curb China's development and force China to make concessions by sticking to its unilateral protectionism at the cost of harming the interests of Chinese and U.S. companies, it miscalculates," he said.

Gao said China does not want to see the World Trade Organization trade remedy measures abused or used for protectionism, after the U.S. launched anti-dumping and anti-subsidy measures against Chinese steel wheels and claimed on Wednesday that general-purpose aluminum alloy plates from China received government subsidies.

The U.S. has initiated five investigations on anti-dumping and countervailing measures against Chinese products so far this year. The number of cases has increased significantly year-on-year. Three of the five products involved are steel products.

According to U.S. statistics, a total of 223 trade remedy measures that have taken effect in the U.S. are aimed at steel and related products, accounting for more than 50 percent of all trade remedy measures in the U.S.

The Ministry of Commerce announced on Thursday its preliminary anti-dumping ruling, revealing halogenated butyl rubber originating from the U.S., European Union and Singapore is being dumped into China.

China and the U.S. have not started any form of negotiation on the latter's Section 301 investigation and tariff list, according to the ministry.

Thilo Hanemann, director at New York-based Rhodium Group, said political influence, rather than commercial forces, has already affected two-way investment between China and the U.S. since 2017.

Foreign direct investment between China and the U.S. fell 28 percent in 2017 year-on-year to .4 billion due to lower Chinese outflows, according to a report by Rhodium Group released this month.

"There are two factors behind such a drop, the crackdown on the irrational outbound direct investment China launched and the regulatory restrictions the U.S. issued, which led to various consequences such as much slower and more complicated transactions," Hanemann said.

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