In just five years, China has surpassed the United States as a trading partner for much of the world, including U.S. allies such as South Korea and Australia, according to an Associated Press analysis of trade data. As recently as 2006, the U.S. was the larger trading partner for 127 countries, versus just 70 for China. By last year the two had clearly traded places: 124 countries for China, 76 for the U.S.
With a U.S. administration and congress that shoot foreign trade in the foot the way they do with Iran and global sanctions, pushing a country into the arms of Chinese business, a different outcome can not be expected. This is the price Americans are paying for sanctions against the Islamic Republic of Iran.