These consumers buy American products. For example, as Hu Xijin, chief editor of Global Times, pointed out on Twitter: "China is the number one market for General Motors, how could Trump possibly expect them to just leave?" On another note, one just has to look at the reactions to the new Costco store opening in Shanghai too, which was forced to close early due to overwhelming numbers of shoppers. Similarly, Tesla is building its new factory in China. Why are they choosing China above the U.S.?
Because as a general rule, American businesses recognize that the Chinese market is far more lucrative than the market back home and no amount of tariffs or threats are going to change that, therefore as a general rule they are staying committed to the country, comfortably. As the National Business Council survey notes, only a quarter of American businesses in the country are engaged in exports-related activities to the United States. This is a far a cry from the one-sided dichotomy that Trump presents to his country that China is profiting at America's expense and that everything revolves around export manufacturing, when it doesn't.
Thus, accordingly, his claim that American companies are leaving China in droves is also inherently false. In an ironic twist, if he did get his way and all U.S. companies were forced to leave, it would wipe billions off the profit margins of all Washington's leading companies, sinking markets, culling all investment at home and plunging the economy into a certain recession.
So that begs the question, just when will the administration be honest about the true nature of China-U.S. business ties? And when will they come to the recognition that this trade war is the ultimate act of self-harm, which in the long run will hurt America first and foremost?