Under the surface of this trade war is a raging spiritual war and Chinese Communist Party officials have stated that they will "fight to the very end" if trade war does break out and it will. This language being used by China reflects the ambitions of the Communist Party to dominate the 21st century by first dominating trade then everything else. The Communist Party of China was delivered a little bit of a surprise with the election of Donald Trump and his Make America Great Again theme. The Party was used to being appeased by previous presidents, Democrats and Republicans alike. Trump was a wrench in their cog wheel that they were tightening up on the trade levers of the world.
China and the Communist Party of China was betting on the 21st century belonging to them and Marxism in the same way that Hillary Clinton was betting on becoming president of America. All bets are off and now the gloves are coming off as well!