Try removing assets from the the U.K., vetting all British investments into the US economy, limiting your access to our financial sector. The displeasure pre COVID-19 was real, the fury afterwards will be epic. Now is not the time to be seen as China’s best friend. The China Hawks will be in control now, and things will be a changing.In politics, perception is everything. And so The Donald has to be seen to do something. He simply cannot allow his country to take this kind of damage, both in terms of death toll and what the lockdown is doing to the economy, without returning fire. It would be political suicide. Not least because a significant minority of his core support believe cold weather is just God's way to telling them to burn more crosses. Bubba and his sister/wife ain't gonna vote for an American President who backs down to Godless, yellow Commies.
I freely admit that my knowledge of Global Economics could be written on the back of a fag packet. But for all their wealth and power China are still second best to the USA, who can strike back in any number of inventively nasty ways. For example, there was already considerable American disquiet regarding Huawai providing 5G for the UK. Expect that to be ramped in the next few months. To the point of American agencies threatening to no longer share intelligence with any country that does business with Huawai.