US President Donald Trump holds up an executive order marking American withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership in the Oval Office on January 23, as key members of his White House inner circle, including National Trade Council chief Peter Navarro (second right), look on. Photo: Bloomberg

Why the world has reason to fear Donald Trump’s trade tantrums

Donald Kirk says the White House’s tough stance on so-called currency manipulators aims to deliver on campaign pledges on jobs and the economy, but a global trade war would portend conflict of a far worse kind

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US President Donald Trump holds up an executive order marking American withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership in the Oval Office on January 23, as key members of his White House inner circle, including National Trade Council chief Peter Navarro (second right), look on. Photo: Bloomberg
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Donald Kirk

Donald Kirk

Donald Kirk is an author and journalist from Washington, D.C., and travels to South Korea, with stops in London, India, Pakistan, the Middle East, Japan, Hong Kong and the Philippines, among other places, writing on the confrontation of forces in the post-September 11 era. He was the Seoul correspondent for the International Herald Tribune from 1997 to 2003. Before gravitating to Northeast Asia, he covered much of the Vietnam War for the Chicago Tribune and the Washington Star. He has also written books on Korea, notably Korea Betrayed: Kim Dae Jung and Sunshine and Korean Dynasty: Hyundai and Chung Ju Yung.