Li Dongsheng

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Li Dongsheng has helped develop TCL into one in every of China’s most profitable companies

The chief govt of one in every of China’s greatest firms has accused the US of discrimination and protectionism because the election of President Donald Trump.

Li Dongsheng of client electronics agency TCL instructed the BBC that regulators had blocked the agreed buy of an American expertise agency.

Mr Li declined to call the corporate, however confused that it was concerned in civilian, not navy, expertise.

He stated that the deal was stopped as a result of his agency was Chinese language.

The US relationship with China underneath the brand new President has up to now been much less fractious than many had feared.

President Trump last week said his administration wouldn’t label China a forex manipulator, rowing again on a marketing campaign promise.

And whereas he has launched an investigation into countries that export artificially cheap steel – a follow normally related to China – the White Home stated the transfer had “nothing to do” with Beijing and was about defending US safety.

TCL’s Mr Li stated he was pissed off on the lack of progress within the deal, which he had hoped to get finalised underneath the Obama administration.

“We wish to purchase an organization there. However the authorities hasn’t authorised it. It has been six months,” he stated.

“If we weren’t a Chinese language firm, if we have been European, the deal would have been authorised already, or it could not have even wanted any approval.”

When requested if this amounted to discrimination, Mr Li stated: “In fact. These measure goal solely Chinese language firms.”

Mr Li is an engineer who based the TCL Company, which sells cellphones, air conditioners and tv units all around the world.

The corporate is a family title in China and for the previous decade it has been striving to turn into a very international firm.

However Mr Li believes the largest impediment in abroad enlargement is protectionism.

“If America returns a protectionist street, I imagine it would hurt the competitiveness of the US financial system,” he stated.