Journal of
Public Administration and Policy Research

  • Abbreviation: J. Public Adm. Policy Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2480
  • DOI: 10.5897/JPAPR
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 151

Short Communication

Is it more than a trade war?

Peter W. Wong
  • Peter W. Wong
  • Faculty of Business and Tourism, Southern Cross University, Lismore New South Wales, Australia.
  • Google Scholar

  •  Received: 22 October 2018
  •  Accepted: 09 April 2019
  •  Published: 30 April 2019


The paper examines the underlying reasons for the trade war and is mainly aimed at China. It was suggested that there is an underlying motive apart from trade imbalance or intellectual property issues as accused by the United State of America government. It examines to some extent the possible contributions of countries such as Canada, England, Australia and the European Union (EU) to isolate China strategically. As this topic is contemporary and is evolving daily, it is difficult to conduct any primary data gathering or to develop any theory apart by reviewing only secondary data. None the less, the authors posit that there could be a say between the US and China if the current trade war continues along this path.


Key words: Trade, thucydides, tariff, political, war, China