China counterattacks in trade war by starting an ‘Unreliable Entity List’

Xi’s making a list, checking it twice, gonna find out who’s naughty or nice. Retaliation’s coming to town.

The Chinese Ministry of Commerce has announced the creation of an ‘Unreliable Entity List’, which will consist of foreign companies it thinks are a threat to national security, or whatever. While no companies have yet been announced as being on the Chinese shit-list, it’s hard to view this as anything other than straight retaliation for the US entity list, which has done so much to damage Huawei and other Chinese organisations. The only surprising thing about this move is that it took so long.

Of course the policy announcement couldn’t just say ‘two can play at the entity list game’, so we get a wordy, legalese document consisting of 14 articles, most of which seem designed to sugar the pill for the international community. The first article asserts the right of China to protect its interests and the second announces the intention to act against any entity that is suspected of acting against those interests, in any number of vaguely-defined ways.

Article three insists China is a model global citizen, while articles four-to-nine detail the bureaucratic process through which a company can find itself on the list. The last five articles cover the potential consequences of being put on the list and what, if anything, can be done to get off it.

This is why protectionism is bad. When one side unilaterally takes action against the other, they force them to retaliate. China can bang on all it wants about how it just wants to live in harmony with the rest of the world, but its past actions don’t support that claim and even if it could claim any moral high ground, this move forgoes it.

Just a month ago China had a moan about the US not playing by the global trade rules, but now it’s going to unilaterally act against any foreign companies it doesn’t like the look of. You can’t have it both ways, China, regardless of how much token due process you claim to be implementing. Furthermore, state control of domestic companies violates a basic rule of global trade, yet that’s exactly what President Xi Jinping has just announced his intention to do.

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  1. Avatar Genie 21/09/2020 @ 1:58 pm

    Your article reek of biased, if no one takes their side while their companies being targeted by US, what do you expect them to do ? Not make any policy? to show the rest of world that they take care of their own?

    • Avatar Damear 21/09/2020 @ 3:02 pm

      China is bad because China is bad. Western press at its best. Double standards? Never heard of those. Bullshitters!

      • Avatar Shirley harso 22/09/2020 @ 6:35 am

        Yes double standard. You are so stupid and dull never heard double standard. Double standard means the USA. Hegemony, democrazy, and bullying other countries also belong to the USA alone. The USA cannot live without them.

    • Avatar Jay Pitout 21/09/2020 @ 3:11 pm

      So it’s ok for China /Chinese to be biased, but everyone else not. Your view reeks of privilege and the typical attitude of a bully…USA = the old bully and China= new emerging world bully. But a bully is a bully, and the way China treats smaller countries like Canada shows you up. Chinese policy is so similar to USA. Say one thing and do another. China is the new USA,, so his bias is your bias to. Hmmm?

      • Avatar CBS 22/09/2020 @ 1:15 am

        Canada deserves it with Trudeau a willing lap dog of Donald Trump.

      • Avatar Steve 22/09/2020 @ 2:17 am

        Your so right, Chinese are super quick to point out the flaws of everyone else but when people do it to them they call it bullying, bias and that they are the victim. No one buys your bullshit anymore and perhaps they should stop buying into it too.

      • Avatar Mike 22/09/2020 @ 9:08 am

        What China practising now is actually the carbon copied of US doings. I used to said that China is learning from the Master/ US and very fast too. Nowdays China started to adopt the US opinion, style and strategy on nations that opposed and conspired to attack her.

        • Avatar happiman 23/09/2020 @ 5:00 am

          Not really. They are copying what failed USSR was doing in the 80’s.

      • Avatar Peter 23/09/2020 @ 2:20 am

        So if I come over to you and best the crap out of you, you will then turn the other cheek and say thank you?. You don’t get out much do you?

    • Avatar Alan Rennie 21/09/2020 @ 10:49 pm

      If China want to be considered an international responsible citizen then it should act like on. The west has bent over to help China progress and what is the response the stab is in the back. Respect needs to be earned not demanded. They don’t have open markets but expect us to open ours. The west has lost millions of jobs by moving production to China and they still steal our ideas and products. Then build their infrastructure just to provide more and more and take less. It’s so two faced and dissapointing

      • Avatar black cat 23/09/2020 @ 12:56 am

        You should know better, they all want their Benefit not just US or China. They are all the same. NO money no talk and BS walk. No need to point fingers at anyone, you want to get pay the work you do too. SO does that means you are bad too ?

      • Avatar Peter 23/09/2020 @ 2:25 am

        The west gas helped China?, Who are you trying to shit, the only reason the west us there is for cheap labor. Your comment and the rest of these American assholes are typical for undereducated idiots.
        The usa us on the downhill slide, it won’t be long before it’s at the bottom. The usa us the biggest terrorist around.

    • Avatar Communism doesn’t work, never has, never will. 22/09/2020 @ 1:24 am

      The Chinese Communist Party is getting what it deserves for leading China to being a shit global citizen.

      The plight of the Chinese people under CCP dictators is a sad one. But hopefully they have a look at the Communist Ideology, have a revolution where they throw away the shackles of the failure that is communism and embrace true democracy, human rights and correct every mistake the CCP has inflicted on their nation.

      Right now the world is angry with communist China and its actions. They are the ones who need to change their ways or they are going to find themselves very friendless in a big world.

    • Avatar Olawale 22/09/2020 @ 6:36 am

      Chinese’s bias came up long ago when nobody thought of it as bias, now when USA decided to call a spade a spade people choose to murmur

  2. Avatar Harihara 21/09/2020 @ 3:17 pm

    remove all Chinese produts and relegate all Chinese produts.Dont let them near Europe &ndia
    boycott Cheiese food, nd its products however much they bare cheap nd economical.

    • Avatar Susanne 21/09/2020 @ 9:49 pm

      Absolutely dumb comment. I like Chinese food and products, but I don’t like America.

      • Avatar Yin Qie 22/09/2020 @ 10:06 am

        Susanne is right,I want to mail you snacks, haha

    • Avatar black cat 23/09/2020 @ 1:01 am

      Why, you lost a son in the war? that not their false its the politician who make it happen that way to stir up trouble so you wont Remember their wrong and blam someone else so they can cheat you and rip you off. Be careful of the politician in your own country. Good luck.

  3. Avatar Sy 21/09/2020 @ 4:33 pm

    It’s way past time for boycotts on ALL of the merchandise from the devil rulers of CHINA.
    The nation that exposed the whole world to a killer Pandemic

    • Avatar Paul Benson 21/09/2020 @ 9:22 pm

      You are a racist

      • Avatar happiman 22/09/2020 @ 10:58 pm

        You’re brainwashed.

    • Avatar NAJIB CHONG 21/09/2020 @ 11:55 pm

      Only idiots/numbskulls will blame China for spreading Covid 19 to whole world. Bloody lazy to google the latest findings of Covid 19 origin etc.

      • Avatar happiman 22/09/2020 @ 11:00 pm

        So brainwashed by corrupted CCP

        Chinese are
        Covid producing

        • Avatar black cat 23/09/2020 @ 1:06 am

          Dont be so racists, we are all human living on the same planet and should respect each others. Dont forget the Opium war against China and the Eight country invade China and killing hundred of thousands of chinese back then. Did China come to invade your country or kill your citizen? Be kind and thoughtful and never trust your politician as they lie through their teeth all the time.

  4. Avatar Diane 21/09/2020 @ 4:49 pm

    If the US government wants information about a Chinese citizen it needs probable cause and a court order, just to ask.

    If the Chinese government wants information about a US citizen it needs a telephone…..

    Of course US citizen tik tok information is 100% available to Chinese government but Chinese Facebook information doesn’t exist because its banned by the same Chinese government from operating without censorship.

    Your unbiased conclusion US government bad…..

    • Avatar black cat 23/09/2020 @ 1:09 am

      They are no good as they invade other country and kill many innocent people around the World.

  5. Avatar Alexandru 21/09/2020 @ 8:40 pm

    USA is not innocent at all. China do same to protect himself so what the problem? Why USA is more? They don’t like competitions and ban big firms from China like Huawei, by the way is best phone ever, only becose IPhone step down? Come on Americans believe they are rulers of the world and do what they like, hope E. U. Stay away from everything and do whatever is better for Europe.

  6. Avatar Thomas Foo 21/09/2020 @ 9:40 pm

    You push the dog into a corner, it will bite back, simple logic.

    • Avatar communism doesn’t work, never has, never will 22/09/2020 @ 1:28 am

      or try too, but little yapping dogs are a nuisance that are easily put on a leash

      • Avatar happiman 22/09/2020 @ 11:16 pm

        don’t bring the dog to china, as you know. LOL

  7. Avatar Susanne 21/09/2020 @ 9:53 pm

    America, that is Trump started the war with China. They fight back, I don’t blame them.
    Not everything bad comes from China, I’m more worried, what comes from America.

  8. Avatar Darren 21/09/2020 @ 10:00 pm

    Gosh are most of these coments made my people working or spying for the ccp by any chance, China blows, and the world knows that now, a big nuke on bejing would be a start

  9. Avatar Gerald C 21/09/2020 @ 10:54 pm

    Communists doing what they do best. World domination is their goal.. WAKE UP!! They are building man made island for military purposes and buying off small countries to dock their Marine military to control the Pacific trade.. CCP IS SATAN..

  10. Avatar Kel 21/09/2020 @ 11:47 pm

    Awesome, the CCP never participates on a level playing field so they deserve to get stung by countries standing up for themselves, their security and their trade balances. Go for it China, keep cutting off your nose to spite your face. Other nations are seeing the benefit of disengaging from hostile Chinese and redirecting their business to countries who respect fair trade.

  11. Avatar Frank Light 22/09/2020 @ 12:25 am

    Only American can sanction whoever that they don’t like or felt threatened. USA is the only supreme power in this Universe. US laws apply to the world by default, except American, the rest of the world are full of commoners or losers. Vote for Trump! Make America Great Again. USA! USA!

  12. Avatar Alvin Wong 22/09/2020 @ 12:35 am

    The actions and thoughts from US and the West are barbarian. They colonised, conquer, arrogance, bully, bias, cheat and rob. Since the Han dynasty, two thosand years ago, they were viewed as uncivilised by the Han Chinese, and termed them as barbarian or ‘gwei lou’ in Chinese.
    Now we understand why the term ‘gwei lou’ really represent them.

  13. Avatar Scottihs 22/09/2020 @ 1:38 am

    why the writer whining about protectionism is bad then pointing to China? they are socialist country, what do you expect? Not a single words about how US being the ambassador of free trade and capitalism, become the bully and promoting socialist economy.

    oh the writer name is Scott, no wonder.. Shame publish this western sided article.

    • Scott Bicheno Scott Bicheno 22/09/2020 @ 9:08 am


  14. Avatar Facts speak 22/09/2020 @ 1:42 am

    All talks are cheap. Facts: 200 years ago, west forced their way into china by killing and robbing. That includes SEA, Aus, NZ, africa, america and all over the world.
    1970… west visit china to ask for open up…
    So all arguememts aside, the rest of the world, including China never disturbed europe whites, you robbed, killed the world inclding china and gave no world peace but only destructions.

    • Avatar happiman 22/09/2020 @ 10:52 pm

      China didn’t disturb the West because they COULDN’T. They were weak, corrupted, scared and impotent.
      But it has always been bullying its smaller neighboring countries.

      Their broken history getting worse by the corrupted CCP.

  15. Avatar Wumao Beachslap 22/09/2020 @ 1:48 am

    Down with the CCP. The party controls the companies and gave unfair unlimited financial advantage in world markets for years. Suddenly through the foolishness of Xi you woke up the US into making you a Cold War adversary worthy of full spectrum containment. The doors are closing all around you and you are a cornered crying dragon the whole world loves to hate with no allies. Your list means nothing and will only serve to scare off additional investment. Free your people. Free Hong Kong. Free the captive nations you occupy. Admit your mistakes about releasing the virus. Close the concentration camps. Stop human organ harvesting.

  16. Avatar Graeme Bellis 22/09/2020 @ 2:00 am

    There are certainly a lot of CCP trolls there. Step back and look at it objectively. When you do you can see China has clearly abused the system of Global Trade. It has acted against the interests of its customers. This latest statement from the CCP just makes that official. Everyone should now see that China had made itself an unreliable trading partner.

    • Avatar Tim 22/09/2020 @ 2:19 am

      Exactly. They’ve always loved playing a victim and moaning like a 3yo

  17. Avatar wave 22/09/2020 @ 3:07 am

    The usual western trolls loitering like some morally superior beings hangingbaround here. USA will decline and be bombed into oblivion and the caucasian race be rescind to its previous 2000 years of existence of being cavemen.

  18. Avatar Benno 22/09/2020 @ 3:31 am

    Screw China. Bring it on, I’m done buying their crap if I can’t help it

  19. Avatar Jerome 22/09/2020 @ 4:47 am

    This article has evil intention to demonize China. Even a kid knows China reaction is aimed at us overwhelmed attack on China in every respect from USA. The writer is trying to point to all foreign countries so that China will be isolated. Shame on the author intention. To be specific , China do not even blame America people, but only to Trump, Pompal and Steve Bannon, 3 evils who started this movement.

  20. Avatar Paul Geal 22/09/2020 @ 4:56 am

    Why should the USA care what China go to do because most of the things they sell to the USA is crap any way so you do it and you will see lol lol

  21. Avatar Ilias 22/09/2020 @ 6:30 am

    This article is biased by criticizing the type of retaliatory actions China is taking against those who maliciously demonize and blackmailing their companies globaly. Of course this is the first time the US are counter sanctionned in their history and feel the pain of losing the monopoly of global domination but they must accept and live with the new reality of functioning among other competitors.

  22. Avatar Curt 22/09/2020 @ 12:40 pm

    Very interesting article. Didn’t like the use of s**t in the 1st paragraph.

    • Scott Bicheno Scott Bicheno 22/09/2020 @ 12:43 pm

      One out of two ain’t bad.

  23. Avatar happiman 22/09/2020 @ 11:58 pm

    Well educated Chinese people do not(or cannot) understand the concept of “fairness”. Naturally they are immoral.
    Bullying, cheating, corruption, bribe are some of the virtues of daily life in China.

    Treat them the same way that they treat their own people.

    Treat their kids as they treat other kids.

  24. Avatar Reg News 23/09/2020 @ 12:29 pm

    This article speaks of true facts. You 50 cent jokers harp on about bias!
    The bias is in the truth not in the article.
    As for China’s fascist government outing sanctions on foreign companies, this can only be a good thing 🙂 These companies will wake up and smell the coffee and move their business to Taiwan.

  25. Avatar James 19/10/2020 @ 3:44 pm

    The way the US has gone about the whole business is crass and unpolished. To top it off, some Western and non-Western countries have started kowtowing (pun intended) to the US’ bans of Chinese companies. If we want to talk about bullying then you have it right there….So what China is doing now is basically saying that they can use their might to play the same game. I am quite sure that this is the last thing that they want to do, but they are doing it to make a point. Some of the comments in this article just show how superior Westerners think they are. They are not. No one is. World history (and I do not mean just European or N American history), shows us that great cultures rise and fall and sometimes they change completely and rise again. However, human history also shows that collaboration is usually a good thing and this is where we should be heading, not more disagreement. Today, the new superpower is China. With that comes a responsibility and I just hope that China can set a better example than the US has done under Trump.

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