https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-07-06/ ... d/11273818China is not the only trading partner targeted by US President Donald Trump's trade wars
By Tracey Shelton, wires, Updated Fri at 2:47pm
The US-China trade war has been dominating headlines, but Beijing is not the only trading partner in President Donald Trump's crosshairs.
Last week, Mr Trump called a tentative truce with his counterpart Xi Jinping after meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit.
But as US trade shifts because of the trade war with China, other nations could also come under fire, said Maria Rost Rublee, associate professor of international relations at Monash University.
Simon Lester, associate director of Cato Institute's Herbert A Stiefel Centre for Trade Policy Studies, said Mr Trump's trade strategy was "open to debate". "His constant praise for tariffs suggests that maybe he is imposing tariffs simply because he sees benefits in using tariffs to protect domestic industry from foreign competition, and he likes the tax revenue they bring in," he told the ABC.
China's notoriety for protectionist and other trading practices the US sees as "unfair" have made China — one of the biggest exporters to the US — a particular target, Mr Lester said.
We take a look at Mr Trump's past and present trade wars across the globe and who may be next in the line of fire.