40% of Americans Are Refusing to Buy Made-in-China Products After Coronavirus

Chinese President Xi Jinping stands by national flags at the Schloss Bellevue presidential residency in Berlin on March 28, 2014. Chinese President Xi Jinping begins a landmark visit to fellow export powerhouse Germany Friday, the third leg of his European tour, expected to cement flourishing trade ties and focus on the Crimea crisis. AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)

A new survey of American consumers reveals that 41% of the nation won’t buy products made in China in the wake of the global Chinese coronavirus pandemic. The survey was conducted by WTI Consulting, and reveals a wide dissatisfaction with trade with China as a result of the coronavirus disease and the nation’s authoritarian communist government’s coverup.

Additional statistics gauged from the sample size of 1,012 poll respondents reveal broad support for America First trade and economic measures. 78% of Americans are willing to pay more for products that move manufacturing back home from China, and 66% favor broadening tariff policies as opposed to making more free trade agreements.

The United States had signed a limited trade agreement with China in January before the coronavirus pandemic, which required the nation to spend a considerable sum on the importation of American-made products to offset the massive trade imbalance between the two countries. The implementation of that agreement appears largely in doubt, with a majority of Americans doubting that China will live up to its commitments and a large percentage of Chinese citizens refusing to buy American-made products in turn.

A temporary pause of restrictive trade measures placed upon China by the American government may come to an end as the Trump administration reconsiders its long-term China policy approach in the aftermath of coronavirus. President Donald Trump has suggested that the United States “could cut off the whole relationship”.

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