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Research Paper
Published online: November 30, 2018

Historical and Strategic Concern over the US-China Trade War: Will They Be within the WTO?

Nany Hur
17th Floor, Hanjin Building 63 Namdaemun-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul 04532 Korea.
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The trade war between the US and China in the Trump era has become a momentous event in the world economy. It is necessary to see how trade relations between them have played out within the WTO from a historical perspective. Since the Opium Wars, both economic and political concerns have changed the relationship between these two countries. The escalation from a trade conflict to trade war shows the rivalry between the US and China for hegemony in the twenty-first century's regional and world politics. The economic, technological, and manufacturing competition that is a part of hegemonic rivalry is not totally new; this is borne out by the history of the US-China economic relations. The escalation of this 'trade war' now has spill-over effects on other countries, being beyond the normative framework of the WTO. There is an impasse in this ongoing saga, but the silver lining is that there will be a re-construction of the multilateral trading system.

Keywords : US-China Trade War, US-China Trade Relations, Trump Administration, WTO

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