The road to war: China vs the US

Friday, July 13, 2018
By Paul Martin

By: Richard (Rick) Mills
Friday, 13 July 2018

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In 2016 Steve Bannon, President Donald Trump’s former chief strategist, declared that there was no doubt, in his mind, that the US would go to war with China in the South China Sea in the next five to 10 years.

A US-Chinese military conflict would be on top of a vow by Trump in his inaugural presidential address, to not only take on radical Islamic terrorism, but to “eradicate it from the face of the Earth.” This would be done by building up America’s already supreme military. “Our military dominance must be unquestioned,” the billionaire businessman, who now controlled the most powerful political office in the world, declared in his first address to the nation.

A year and a half after that speech, the United States is not at war with China, but it’s economic saber-rattling is arguably the beginning of a confrontation between the world’s largest and second-largest economies. Trump’s tariff threats against not only China but Europe, Canada, Mexico and its other trade partners, are also symbolic of a shift in US foreign policy towards a more isolationist stance – one that may not strictly be due to Trump’s belligerent personality. This article will get into the antecedents of this economic and military showdown and point the way to some possible future scenarios, including a war in space.

Trade bluffs called

Trump has had China in his sights since he first set out on the campaign trail in 2016. He called China a currency manipulator, by unfairly setting the value of the yuan, or renmimbi, too low, allowing cheap imports into the US and making American goods uncompetitive. While the president has since backed off that stance, his administration switched tactics in March when the Commerce Department announced cross-the-board tariffs on steel and aluminum – an indirect jab at China for flooding the global market with cheap steel.

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