Trade Wars And Your Thoughts

in hive-175254 •  last year  (edited)

Trade wars can be very interesting to hear from the news if you aren’t a citizen of the countries involved. It is like looking at a fight outside the boxing ring and watching the two boxers tear themselves up with punches.

What Is a Trade War?

The implementation of protectionist trade barriers such as tariffs and or quotas on importation by a country which is followed by a retaliatory of such or worse implementation by the government of other country is called Trade war. In most cases, the reason for implementation of tariffs and quotas on imports could be to improve locally produced products, to fight against discrimination against a foreign country in the trade market, to serve as a warning to a foreign country that the local country is still the economic and trade power for the foreign country.

A lot of trade wars have occurred which usually affects the nations involved. Let’s take a look at a trade war;

Banana Trade War

If you are hearing about Banana trade war for the first time, do not mistake it for a clash between groups of people throwing Bananas at each other. If you say it has something spectacular to do with Bananas, then you are right. You might be wondering what a Banana trade war is and what could lead to a Banana trade war. I will be doing my best to explain this, so I hope you take your time to read this post.

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Bananas is a staple crop and one of the biggest sold agricultural product with high profit in markets and supermarkets. As small as bananas might look, they are important for economic and global food security and a bridge in law

Did you know of the trade war between the U.S and the EU due to the European Union failure to amend their Banana import rules to the satisfaction of United State and non ACP countries?

EU wanted to support the growing of Bananas in their former colony (countries they had colonized) which were in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific. In other to make this easier, the EU decided to make bananas imports for non ACP companies more expensive through implementation of tariffs and quota. The EU were helping the ACP grow Bananas and import them at a cheaper cost and so made it difficult for non ACP countries. The EU was actually targeting Chiquita, a US based Banana Company which controlled up to 40% of the entire banana market in the 90s. In 1993, the EU decided to differentiate their importers and placed more tax on non ACP countries since they weren’t ex-colonies.

In 1999, Washington placed a sanction on EU goods that were not even related to bananas at all, if the world trade organization decided that Europe’s banana trade regime still discriminate against American firms. Washington announced that American companies importing products from The British and the Europeans were to pay bonds of 100% tariffs on goods. Washington laid emphasis on free trade among Nations. The WTO ruled in favor of the US and this brought about a sanction on Beef from the US into the EU on the basis of safety, claiming that the US used growth hormone for treatment.

The war always ends

The EU decided to phase out all quotas and tariffs which made the US to lift their punitive tariffs in 2001 but this didn’t end until an agreement was reached in 2009.


In 2018, President Trump initiated three tariffs on foreign imports; He initiated a global tariff on steel, a tariff on European autos and tariffs importation from china. This is said to help reduce US trade deficit as well as create more jobs for Americans. In retaliation, China and Europe imposed tariffs on agricultural produce coming from the US. Trump has imposed tariffs of $250 billion on Chinese import and the Chinese government as well retaliated with a 25% tariff on U.S goods worth $60 billion. With speculations from people that china might sell its $1.1 trillion in U.S debts which could slow down the economy of the United States.

The world is watching to know where this will end as there is currently no winner from the two economic giants.

  • What do you think about trade wars?
  • How does it affect the economy and businesses generally in the countries?
  • Do you believe that coronavirus is bioweapon to factor the US - China tradewar?
I will appreciate if you share your views in the comment. Thanks for taking time to read my blog

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Thanks for the post, I always have the idea that there are a lot of conflicts and wars that we rarely find out about.

I believe that economic wars are inevitable in our world, after all, giving special advantages to your producers and suppressing or attacking the production of other countries to reduce their presence in the markets is not something that will end up in the near type. .

Although the economic war might initially seem to favor producers who are being protected by the country's politics, in reality I think it limits them and makes them more dependent on state interventions, which eventually damages the Country and businesses.

By the way, I do not understand what the post has to do with the theme of the coronavirus, I read it again, but I did not know what happened and how we jumped to ask about that topic.

Thanks for your comment, i asked if coronavirus is used as a bio weapon so as to affect the economy of china or not...
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have been raising alarm about coronavirus being a bioweapon and i want to know people's opinion on that.

Okay. Using diseases as weapons of war is something that has been seen since ancient times, I think one of the favorite examples of one of my history teachers was about when catapults were used to throw enemy corpses into besieged cities, that allowed them to they became sources of infections, in addition to demoralizing the troops and causing the bodies of the deceased to be torn apart so that the family members did not have a complete body to perform the funeral rites ... War is always bloody, commercial trade can be quite wild, if they use design diseases as weapons, then things can become very ugly.

One detail that makes me think is that if they use a disease as a weapon, they could design that it would react to a specific blood factor that is associated with the racial groups of their opponents, that seems more meaningful to me to release a disease that does not distinguish between Allies and enemies.

I explain a little the idea, for example, the most common blood differentiation factor is the system A, B and 0, in the case of people of Asian descent the most common blood factor is B, so you can design a disease that be activated only in your presence, if I want it to be even more specific I can use markers for other blood factors (Diego, Kelly, MNSs, Lewis and many more) then I would have almost a remote control missile specifically targeting my enemies.

Economists have very different views on everything, but I think the vast majority of them see tariffs or customs as harmful. Prices are rising, production is falling, unemployment surges because of the tariffs. Prosperity will be lower. Because of this, trade war is just about ugly politics.

Trade war seems to be something attractive to politicians since they are really not affected but it affects the ordinary masses and businesses

tariffs, like inflation, are making life harder for the people but the responsables remain mostly invisible

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Dear @ajewa

Interesting choice of topic. Trade wars are indeed very devastating.

I must admit that you put a huge smile on my face. I used to fight muay thai (in thailand) and boxing for few years and I've been coaching for another few :) I bet you never knew that about me.

Back to main topic:
Trade war + current corona virus threat is a receipie for disaster. Difficult times are ahead of us.

ps. I think that you forgot to set up 20% beneficiary to @ph-fund lol. I know how difficult it is to make it a habbit :)
(I can only upvote with 100% voting power few publications a day and I need to prioritize those authors who "give back" to our project.hope community)


I never knew you had so much experience as a boxer, you are really versatile. The combination of both trade war and coronavirus is actually a disaster but i hope that the virus isn't another weapon just to crash the economy of china.

For the beneficiary, i taught it automatically saved and i do not always need to check it but seeing this post, i will always set it in my subsequent ones