When Trade Wars Become Strategies of “Corporate Global Politics”
By Dr. Marios P. Efthymiopoulos
They hold a vision and a specific goal. It is all about “corporate global politics”. Where business meets strategic politics. Where there are no limits on morality and ethics. Only interest.
What is termed as “Trade Wars”, is in effect a portion of a new world policy and strategies complete with challenges, threats but also opportunities. For, what the outcome will be, will shape the future world balance and future alliances; financially and politically; strategically and operationally; It will affect global trade and methods we conduct trade with. Will even affect how international law is understood and applied. This will be the future, when a global balance of power is not achieved and where trade wars are not moderated by rules.
New challenges, define today the current identity of local and regional powers. They define policy and strategies also of super-powers.
Power is defined through financial ability, military might, technological agility, market creativity and innovation/entrepreneurship, national ownership of corporate business, leadership (strong or soft), to name a few. The aim is: To be involved in world affairs, while negotiate in corporate business terms for the “locality and sovereignty and national ownership of business”.
Trade wars, are interest games. They are evolving, as capital moves or grows: New capital is created in different parts of the world. Sovereign capital is created in other states and in others sovereign capital is in the move. Investment moves. Growth moves. “Wars elaborated”, move. Social changes are taking place, considering among others also daily technological advances that come into place. The how we fast and easy we move logistics and goods, people and businesses testify for it. The how easily we conduct or end wars and conflicts, testifies interests and global trade challenges which are evident. A strong case on how wars convert to interests is the case of Vietnam.
A Corporate Chess Board:
Trade wars are a fine chess game of “Corporatism”. A Game of Thrones. A new buzz word from business to global politics in the rescue of political “trade wars”. It justifies reasoning and reactions.
Corporatism leads internationally the way through “mergers and acquisitions”; characterized at various levels and stages: in the financial, political, technology and social sectors. Corporatism centralizes power. Mergers and acquisitions is a tool that facilitates concentration of power.
According to “Bloomberg”, global trade is a battle for global influence. Influence of the few in a global strategic framework and impact. Global influence is now seen as a must. Positive outcome to come, to be or to be destroyed from.
Behaviors on Global Trade Wars are of strategic global value to global politics. They create, shape, absorb, influence or alternate the future of what could hurt periodically or re-shape portions or all global economy and political balances.
Global Trade Wars are shaping a new global future. A new global order of things, based on corporate mergers, re-invented policy strategies and interest based orientations and alliances. It brings about a new form of capital creation of political value and interest. It has no morality or ethical values attached as there are no limits or national boundaries any more.
The present article is inspired by a first analysis based on the article of “Trade Wars and Business” by “Efthymiopoulos & Kokkinos at DVK.