Trump’s trade tariffs put Xi’s trusted economic envoy in the shade despite limited fallout for China

Beijing urges restraint on duties as analysts warn that more trade action from Washington could be on the cards. Jacob Parker, vice-president for China operations with the US-China Business Council, said China was responsible for substantial trade and market distortions, and any attempt by Beijing to hit back at the US would only worsen strains. “Retaliatory actions by China in response to US actions will get a lot of support in China, no doubt, but will just further undermine business community confidence and put the relationship on a downward path,” Parker said.