China could target U.S. tech stocks as part of the ongoing trade war, according to the top equity strategist at Goldman Sachs.
Peter Oppenheimer told CNBC's "Street Signs" on Tuesday that China may impose tariffs on industry components that could have an effect on supply chains.
U.S.Technology firms could be first in the firing line, Goldman's chief global equity strategist added.
"The target may be technology companies that have been the main driver of the equity bull market that we have seen in the U.S. and beyond," Oppenheimer said.
China has said it has no choice but to retaliate against the latest round of U.S. tariffs announced Monday by President Donald Trump. Washington will impose 10 percent tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports, and those duties will rise to 25 percent at the end of the year. The U.S. had already levied tariffs on $50 billion worth of Chinese products which Beijing responded to with measures targeting the same amount on American goods.
Oppenheimer said another direct effect of China's response could be to raise the cost of goods in U.S. stores and that could lead to an uptick in inflation.
"Maybe a small amount to begin with, but rising inflation at a time when you have had the economy growing for nine years, with extremely strong momentum at the moment, could feed into inflation and interest rate expectations," he added.