SALT LAKE CITY — As trade tension between the United States and China thickens, international relations experts say military action is far from inevitable, yet some are calling on politicians to carefully consider the risk of an economic dispute escalating to armed conflict.

On Monday, China said it would raise tariffs on $60 billion worth of American goods in response to the Trump administration’s move to raise tariffs from 10 percent to 25 percent on $200 billion in U.S. imports from China. While Trump tweeted Tuesday that a deal with China will happen “when the time is right” and that his respect and friendship for Chinese President Xi Jinping is “unlimited,” an anchor on China’s most-watched state-run news program said Monday, “If you want to fight, we’ll fight you to the end.” The sudden barrage of commentaries about the trade war in Chinese media has “struck a note of defiant nationalism,” the Economist reported.

The question is, could continued retaliation lead to an actual war?

“It is obvious that the current U.S.-China trade war is stoking geopolitical tensions between the world’s two largest economies and chief political adversaries, as they become more confrontational over their discord on maritime issues in the …read more

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