Overseas investors are still enthusiastic about China, the foreign ministry said on Tuesday, following Donald Trump’s claim that US tariffs were forcing companies to move production out of the world’s second largest economy. On Sunday, Trump claimed that tariffs on Chinese goods were pushing manufacturers out of China and towards Vietnam and other Asian countries, and that any agreement to end his trade war with China cannot be a “50-50” deal. No trade talks between senior Chinese and US trade negotiators have been scheduled since the last round ended on May 10 – the day Trump raised the tariff rate on $200 billion worth of Chinese products to 25 per cent from 10 per cent. Trump took the step after China sought major changes to a deal that US officials said had been broadly agreed. Since then, China has struck a sterner tone, suggesting that a resumption of talks aimed at ending the 10-month trade war was unlikely to happen soon. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang, responding to a question on Trump’s claim at a daily news briefing, said foreign investors were “still bullish” on China. “Even though over the past year or more the United States has continued to menace Chinese products with additional tariffs, everyone can see that the enthusiasm for foreign investors in China remains high,” Lu said. Nike, Adidas and other footwear giants urge Trump to remove tariffs immediately and end trade war with China He listed companies, including Tesla, BASF and BMW, as all having recently increased their investment in China. He said that China would continue to improve business and investment conditions for foreign companies. But foreign firms have grown weary of what they said were China’s piecemeal economic reforms. Long considered a cornerstone of an otherwise fraught bilateral relationship, the US business community in China in recent years has advocated a harder line against what it regarded as discriminatory Chinese trade policies. The American Chamber of Commerce in China said in February that a majority of its members reported in an annual survey that they favoured the US retaining tariffs on Chinese goods while Washington and Beijing worked towards a deal to end the trade war. At the time, which was well before the latest tariff increases, the chamber said that about a fifth of its member companies were adjusting supply chains or seeking to source components and assembly outside China as a result of tariffs, while 28 per cent were delaying or cancelling investment decisions in China. Will the escalating US-China trade war and its catastrophic aftermath push the global economy into its next recession? China’s other trade partners have also complained about unfair treatment. The European Union Chamber of Commerce in China said on Monday that forced transfers of technology to Chinese firms in exchange for market access were increasing for European companies despite Beijing’s claims the situation did not exist. Resolving that issue in an enforceable manner was a core US demand in trade negotiations.