US President Donald Trump speaks to supporters during a campaign rally at Scheels Arena on June 27 in Fargo, North Dakota. Photo: Getty Images/AFP

From trade war to third world war? From Korea to the South China Sea, Trump’s tariffs risk escalation

Donald Kirk says US trade deficits make Trump’s aggressive strategy understandable, but China’s reliance on the US market has played a major role in keeping disputes – particularly over territorial waters – under control. As Trump hinders access, that could change

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US President Donald Trump speaks to supporters during a campaign rally at Scheels Arena on June 27 in Fargo, North Dakota. Photo: Getty Images/AFP
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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.