The current tensions between the United States and China should be a concern for every New Zealander.

Beyond steel and aluminium and the US withdrawal from what was known as Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), New Zealand has not been affected directly by the Trump Administration's "America first" mentality.

Unfortunately, recent developments suggest this could be about to change. The worst-case scenario could see billions of dollars of displaced US agricultural products sold at low prices on world markets, massive new agricultural subsidy programmes distorting trade flows and prices, enormous pressure on New Zealand to stop buying Chinese technology or to