How China could hit the U.S. where it hurts

China knows how to fight a trade war — and it has nearly 1.4 billion people to help in the effort. When Beijing was upset over South Korea’s decision last year to deploy a U.S. missile system, it ratcheted up pressure using a tool ripped from the playbook of Western consumer activists: consumer boycotts. A series of government-encouraged boycotts sent sales of South Korean-made Hyundais in China plummeting by more than half, decreased Chinese tourist traffic by more than 60 percent and temporarily shut down 55 supermarkets in China run by the large Korean retailer Lotte. As the Trump administration escalates its own trade dispute with China, the U.S. should expect much the same. Whether it’s encouraging Chinese consumers to give up their Big Macs, or making it harder for U.S. comp

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