• Reuters spoke to 50 people in Beijing and Shanghai, and found one in four wants to stop buying US products.
  • Only 22% said they were worried about the trade war with the US, but 38% favoured hard retaliation for new US tariffs.

For many years people living in the cities of Beijing and Shangai have loved all things American. 

But the mood on the streets could be changing. Reuters spoke to 50 people in Beijing and Shanghai, and found one in four wants to stop buying United States products. Some already have.

US President Donald Trump's trade war has left some confused and others angry.

"Americans have been arrogant for a long time. They are using original equipment manufacturers in other countries and then they take all the economic benefits. We think that’s unreasonable," said one interviewee.

Photo by studioEAST/Getty Images

Only 22% said they were worried about the trade war, while 38% favoured hard retaliation for US tariffs.

The poll was small and unscientific, but if it captures a general sentiment, then American companies  like General Motors, Starbucks, and Apple could see sales start to slip – even if China’s response to the trade war remains moderate.

Receive a single WhatsApp every morning with all our latest news: click here.

Also from Business Insider South Africa: