Trump’s tough talk on China faces harsh trade realities

Some American business interests in China say getting allies on board with US sanctions is critical to preserve their competitiveness. If the US moves to restrict business relationships with Beijing, but allies do not, firms from those countries could just fill in for American suppliers with little impact on the Chinese. “It’s a big concern for us and our members,” said Jacob Parker, a senior vice president at the US-China Business Council. “If companies are either forced or restricted from buying from the Chinese market but there isn’t a coalition of allies doing similar things, then American companies will lose market share to European companies.”