In a statement released on Friday, China's Ministry of Commerce said the government "deeply regrets that it will have to take necessary countermeasures." However, the countermeasures that the country might take were not specified.
Reuters reported exclusively on Wednesday that the two sides are starting to sketch out an agreement on structural issues, drafting language for six memorandums of understanding on proposed Chinese reforms.
Global shares traded on a mixed note with a negative bias due to concerns over the state of ongoing US-China trade negotiations, amid reports that the White House has cancelled a trade planning meeting with Beijing this week.
The ideas under consideration, previously unreported, include checks of student phone records and scouring of personal accounts on Chinese and US social media platforms for anything that might raise concerns about students' intentions in the United States.