In the 1980s, New Zealand prided itself as the "mouse that roared". It is now well past time for this Kiwi mouse to roar again — and loudly make its voice heard — as the United States and China plunge us all further into a global trade war.

China and the United States have been preparing for a trade war since President Donald Trump took office in January 2017.

On Friday, the United States increased tariffs on US$200 billion ($303b) of Chinese goods. On Monday, China retaliated by announcing it would raise tariffs on US$60b of American goods.