Chinese authorities have yet to confirm what steps aside from retaliatory tariffs they might take. But they have threatened “comprehensive measures” as Beijing runs out of imports for penalties due to its lopsided trade balance with the United States.
Other commentators have suggested Beijing use its holdings of U.S. government debt or target American companies in China.
The Global Times, published by the ruling Communist Party, warned that China sees the technology conflict as a long battle.
“China will choose the most favorable and powerful way to counterattack,” said the newspaper, which is known for its nationalist and confrontational tone. “We are looking forward to a more beautiful counterattack that will make American pain worse.”
Sina and other outlets did not indicate whether Lou suggested specific products or industries Beijing might target.
Last week, the American Chambers of Commerce in China and in Shanghai reported 52.1 percent of more than 430 companies that responded to a survey said Chinese authorities are subjecting them to “qualitative measures” including slower customs clearance and increased inspections and bureaucratic procedures.