A top business lobby group representing American firms in China said they have “real concerns” over how Beijing may respond to US action taken against Huawei.
Speaking to the BBC, AmCham China chairman Tim Stratford said its members were worried about Beijing’s response.
The US recently added Huawei to its “entity list” which puts curbs on its ability to do business in America.
The move has escalated existing trade tensions between the US and China.
Last week the Trump administration added Huawei to the trade blacklist, which bans the Chinese telecoms giant from acquiring technology from US firms without government approval.
China has threatened to retaliate against US sanctions without giving details.
“Particularly in the wake of the decision to put Huawei on the… entity list, there are concerns that the government of China may decide to retaliate against American companies,” Mr Stratford said.
“These are real concerns, and they increase the risk as people are considering how they should make adjustments to their business models,” he said.
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His comments came as the American Chambers of Commerce (AmCham) in China and Shanghai released a survey of its members that found that slightly more than 40% had relocated, or were considering moving production facilities, outside of China because of tariffs.
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