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Will Tariffs On Steel And Aluminum Trigger A Digital Trade War With China?

Posted on March 3, 2018:


Tags:Trade War, Digital Economy, Cross-Border e-Commerce, Global Economy, China 2025, Electronic Trade, Greater Bay Area, One Belt One Road, AIIB, Internet Infrastructure, Supply Chain Disruption, New York Hard Assets Investment Conference 2008, Gold-Backed Digital Currency.

Joe Novak Founder

Empire Builders LLC.

Eau Claire, WI

Digital Trade e Commerce Publication


As the push for tariffs on steel and aluminum rise, so does the probability of a global trade war. I believe Chinese economists and commerce strategists could be preparing for a cross-border eCommerce war as a retaliation measure.

U.S. commerce and import/export experts know the global economy starts on a mobile device no bigger than an index card.


As global cross-border eCommerce grows online, competing globally online will become even more difficult for countries like the United States. Chinese manufacturers, e-retailers and commerce strategists are looking to take advantage of global cross-border eCommerce that’s worth trillions to their slowing economy.

Knowing this, I believe that Chinese retail drop-shippers are creating thousands of voice searchable exact-match keyword eCommerce sites that can dominate with mobile ads anywhere in the world. Recent domain name sales bought as intellectual property, mobile ad placements, and data support this.

I believe that Chinese manufactures, retailers and drop shippers are waiting to volley these cross-border eCommerce sites that are poised to dominate global commerce. Currently, when a Chinese eCommerce site is clicked on, translation into that consumer's respective language happens instantaneously. Unbeknownst to the consumer, they will click to cart and check out using an authorized Chinese digital payment processor that converts their digital payment into Chinese currency within seconds.

If trade wars and tariffs raise the costs of goods and services on U.S. households, you will see more U.S. consumers shopping online from cross-border eCommerce sites to cut expenses.

Chinese digital commerce strategists know the concepts above trump trade wars and tariffs all day long. Getting revenue in-flows at checkout within one-one-hundredth of a second makes more sense to the Chinese economy than working through two-to-three years of bi-lateral trade agreements or trade war negotiations.

Global businesses around the world need to understand that China has some of the brightest innovation and economic strategists in the world when it comes to innovation growth. U.S. business leaders need to grasp these digital concepts to compete or suffer being left out of the global cross-border eCommerce conversation.

I would recommend to every U.S. elected official, no matter your party affiliation, to create a digital sixty-second "feel good" "Buy American" Public Service Announcement. Striking the conscience of the American consumer with digital ads is more effective than disparaging our trade partners and trade rivals. 

Supporting Material Facts:




South China Morning Post: 2015, December 16

"Buoyed by Alibaba’s success, China to make up 50 per cent of global e-commerce market by 2018 as it eyes ‘digital Silk Road"


ReadWrite: 2017, September 14


Kyle Ellicott 

"Why China’s own ‘Bay Area’ matters now for your company"


South China Morning Post/CNBC: 2016, June 02

"Chinese firms jump on trading opportunity in new domain names"


Best Media Info: April 17, 2019

BigRock launches campaign to position .CO as the new-age domain name for start-ups

"It has partnered with Neustar, a global domain registry, for marketing the .CO domain to India’s new-age entrepreneurs"


Startup Grind In Partnership With Google For Startups: March 9, 2019

We are hosting Crystal Peterson (Neustar Registry Services)



Japan Times: April 17, 2019

Japan and U.S. agree to include e-commerce and digital services in new trade talks



Center for Strategic & International Studies: Febuary 5, 2019

China's Digital Silk Road

“This isn't just about telecom equipment as the other speakers alluded to, it's about e-commerce, search and a wide variety of new ICT business models and generally the US and Europe have not been very aggressive in that space and in that region they really have sort of let Huawei and these other companies go out there and just take it” ~ Dr Robert Atkins - President Of Information Technology & Innovation Foundation


CNBC - Published Mon, Apr. 29 2019 


How Chinese apps like TikTok are quietly racking up American users

“They have also greatly expanded their understanding of user acquisition in the U.S. market, which has allowed them to mount much more effective marketing campaigns. They’ve also backed these up with substantial spending, frequently topping the advertiser charts on Facebook and other mobile app install networks.”


Forbes - Published Mon, Nov. 18 2019

This Invisible Tech Stock Threatens Amazon with 1,000,000+ Online Stores


"As you can see, companies are bypassing brick-and-mortar stores across the board and selling stuff directly to the customer online".


China - Country Commercial Guide - Published February 3rd, 2021


Moving into 2021, China’s eCommerce market is predicted to be larger than those of the U.S., UK, Japan, Germany, and France combined





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