He Zongyuan, the manager of Chinese car club Being Rich AAA Auto Beauty Center, sees that the bulging pickups are masculine, even macho. But trucks here are regarded as country cars for country people a lifestyle hundreds of millions want to leave behind. The Detroit automaker is nevertheless betting that the allure of gas-guzzling Americana will outweigh Chinas many roadblocks choked highways, soaring taxes and social stigmas, not to mention pickup bans on city streets. And Ford is doing it in an intriguing way: Shipping the made-in-America trucks around the world from a country where imports and exports have quickly become a political battleground. Fords Chinese expansion highlights an awkward reality for President Donald Trumps America First agenda. As his administration pushes to retrench behind the walls of protectionist policy, it will likely clash with corporate Americas lucrative embrace of global trade. After 100-plus years of the auto industry, the U.S. is just not the big dog anymore. It certainly doesnt have the growth potential that China does, said Karl Brauer, the executive publisher of Kelley Blue Book. For the auto industry, Brauer added, the sentiment is we have to be a global participant in the economy and in commerce, or well suffer. Many U.S. automakers have refocused from traditional domestic sales to the potential gold mine of China the worlds most populous country, with fast-growing wealth and a burgeoning middle class. The country is a ripe market for Ford, which last month saw its U.S.