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The Coming China Wars: Where They Will Be Fought and How They Can Be Won, Revised and Expanded Edition [Paperback]

Peter Navarro
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May 4, 2008 0132359820 978-0132359825 1
For years, China has served as the "factory floor" for global production, driving down prices for consumers worldwide. But, unfortunately, China's rapid and chaotic industrialization has put it on a collision course with the rest of the world. The Coming China Wars was the first book to systematically cover all those conflicts: political, economic, and environmental. Now, in this new edition, Dr. Peter Navarro has thoroughly updated the entire book. You'll find new chapters on the danger posed by China's flood of defective products and contaminated food; China's dramatic military expansion and the rising threat of a "hot war"; China's space program and its profound strategic implications; China's growing suppression of human rights and free speech; and much more. The coming China Wars will be fought over everything from decent jobs, livable wages, and advanced technologies to strategic resources...and eventually to our most basic of all needs: bread, water, and air. Unless all nations immediately address these impending conflicts, the results may be catastrophic. Like the First Edition, this book demands that we think much more deeply about how to stop the coming China Wars, laying out hard choices that must be made sooner rather than later. This new edition offers even more policy recommendations, including original contributions from several of the world's most important China experts.

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In this comprehensive, contemporary look at the awakening giant that is China, Peter Navarro describes an emerging power beleaguered by both internal and external threats-if the Japanese don't get them, AIDS and SARS will. This will reassure those readers who are increasingly convinced that the Chinese will eat us for lunch. However, as Navarro points out, China's human and natural resources make her a formidable global player-and her native, amoral ruthlessness suggests she will win. Still, as a nation undergoing its Industrial Revolution in the Information Age, China has her problems transitioning from Communism to capitalist imperialism, as seems to be her goal. True, government and industry have forged strong bonds (that allow them to exploit slave labor and ignore environmental and economic constraints that hamper other nations), but like any modern nation, China is paying the price of competing in a global economy: pollution; rapacious private medical care expenses; an aging, under-pensioned population; international tensions; and a large and disgruntled peasant working class. Navarro, whose inclination to breathless hyperbole makes even a chapter on dam construction exciting, tellingly devotes 10 chapters to China's problems and one to their solution-essentially tired policy prescriptions (wean the U.S. from oil dependence and cheap Chinese imports). This informative book will teach readers to understand the dragon, just not how to vanquish it.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"Peter Navarro is that rarest and most valuable of China-watchers -- an economist who sees the big strategic picture as well. The Coming China Wars contains the kind of realistic analysis needed by all Americans today, from voters to presidential candidates." - Alan Tonelson

Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: FT Press; 1 edition (May 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0132359820
  • ISBN-13: 978-0132359825
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 6.1 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #580,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Peter Navarro is a Harvard Ph.D. economist and professor of public policy at the University of California, Irvine. His latest book Death By China is a sequel to his best-selling book The Coming China Wars and is now a documenatry film (

In addition to his work on China, Professor Navarro has written numerous books on strategically managing the business cycle from both an executive and a stock trading point of view. His books include: "The Well-Timed Strategy," "Always a Winner," "If It's Raining in Brazil, Buy Starbucks," "What the Best MBAs Know," and "When the Market Moves, Will You Be Ready?"

A widely sought-after and gifted public speaker, Professor Navarro has appeared frequently on Bloomberg TV, CNN, CNBC, NPR, and all three major network news shows as well as 60 Minutes. Navarro's articles have appeared in a wide range of leading publications, including Barrons, Business Week, Harvard Business Review, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Sloan Management Review. His weekly newsletter on the economy and stock market is distributed widely and is available to the public at .

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214 of 283 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A book that is meant to terrify you! January 24, 2007
In The Writing on the Wall: China and the West in the 21st Century (which I recommend to anybody who cares about global peace and prosperity), author Will Hutton says, "[China] requires our understanding and engagement - not our enmity and suspicion, which could culminate in self-defeatingly creating the very crisis we fear."

If you want to know such enmity and suspicion to the extreme, read The Coming Wars of China, which is simply a categorisation of the bad stories about China you can find over the internet. (Author's note: "Much of the research conducted for this book was done over the internet.") To give you an example, on page 137-138 the author uses the information on the Banqiao Dam found at Wikipedia - the Banqiao Dam was built in the early 1950s and crested and collapsed when Typhoon Nina hit in 1975 - to prove that it is not a good idea to build the Three Gorges Dam.

In fact, you know you are in for some catastrophic scenarios when you read the author's prediction in the form of a "News Release, October 25, 2012" on the first page of the Introduction:

- "Global stock exchanges were devastated this week by the worst collapse in history as a wave of panic selling followed...a Chinese government announcement that it would no longer finance the mounting budget and trade deficits of a 'profligate United States'."

- "It's been a tough year for Sino-US relations. In January, the US ambassador to the United Nations stormed out in protest over...[China's] veto to shield terrorist regimes such as Iran from diplomatic sanctions in exchange for oil. In March, China's president abruptly cancelled a state visit after the US Treasury Department branded China a 'currency manipulator.
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71 of 99 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars China-Bashing at its worst February 10, 2008
"[China] requires our understanding and engagement - not our enmity and suspicion, which could culminate in self-defeatingly creating the very crisis we fear" (Hutton 2006)

A line from the book? Hardly! Nevertheless, The Coming China Wars relates in an unmistakable to this quote, for it exemplifies in starkest terms the very enmity and suspicion that Will Hutton cautions against in The Writing on the Wall: Why We Must Embrace China as a Partner or Face Her as an Enemy. If the choice of title for the book itself fails to communicate the line of thought that pervades the book, the reader need not go any further than the author's introduction, which he begins with a fictitious October 25, 2012, News Release, entitled "U.S.-China Chill Melts Down World Markets." It remains highly debatable whether or not, as the author claims, "China has put itself on a collision course with the rest of the world," or whether that purportedly inevitable course is not possibly the result of a larger combination of factors, including not least highly de-contextualized and emotional analysis for which the United States, in the eyes of the noted German journalist and author, Peter Scholl Latour, appears to have a near infallible inclination in recent years. The Coming China Wars merely helps to further cement this perception.

Navarro discusses eight major China Wars that, ironically enough considering his heavy-handed, one-sided analytical approach, he argues require "a better understanding of the complexities of the economic origins" so as to "lead to their peaceful resolution" (xix).
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43 of 61 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Simplistic and exaggerating October 4, 2007
This book is written for the American far-rightists: it's preachy rhetoric of protectionist policies is a sure-fire sign to stay away.

China should be looked at objectively. There are positives and negatives to China's current policies; but hey, this isn't any different from US policies as well. If this kind of a book came out about the United States, I'd bet the same people praising this book would come out denouncing that one as destructive and evil.

As for this one, I suggest passing on it. There are many books and documentaries that better chronicle China's ascendancy to becoming a global superpower and the subsequent problems that accompany this transition. The world must learn to embrace China and its change, and not become scared off by it, because this will only encourage recoil and reaction. This author's dialogue is dangerous for Sino-US relations.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Borrowed this from the library. April 15, 2014
By Deeee
Format:Kindle Edition
All that I can think of when I finished reading this book was "How did this guy get into Havard"?

This is nothing more then a anti-China spiel. Not exactly rigorously researched (the author admits he did most of his 'research' over the Internet) and poorly written. He fills a large bulk of the book with 'quote's from various news article and sources every other page.

Most tellingly, you know what you're in for when he plays out his dreams of actually becoming a fiction writer:

"Your father almost dies from a massive heart attack because the 'Lipitor' prescription he filled on the internet was laced with fakes." (page xii)

"Your house gets robbed by a drug addict high on methamphetamines made from ephedra grass grown on Chinese state-run farms and transported to New York via Panama by Traid gangs" (page xii)

[I enjoyed the above scenario though. It has elements of crime, thrill and a little bit of international mystique thrown in for good measure. Would do well sitting in a middle paragraph of a crime noir]

"Your scalp develops a severe rash because your knock-off "Head and Shoulders" shampoo contains a toxic chemical residue."

"Your father almost dies because neither the 'Norvasc' he was taking for high cholesterol had any active ingredients"

[What have you got against my father??]

And my favorite:

"Your brother orders Viagra over the Internet because he is too embarrassed to as his doctor...he winds up in a hospital bed with a wild heartbeat."

[I get wild heartbeats all the time but I don't end up in hospitals!]

And many many more in the make believe detached world of Peter Navarro.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Sky is falling, sky is falling!!!!
The author could be chicken little for all I know, some good facts but too alarmist for me. I bought the book to get some more insight into china, which it did, but the author... Read more
Published 16 days ago by Fernando Castillo
5.0 out of 5 stars as i expected
The author has good insight about china compare to most American does not. As an Asian, i know how Chinese behave and thinking. The author hit on target.
Published 5 months ago by GetMeAbargain
4.0 out of 5 stars Dont be naive!
This book is so good that it is in the library of The National Security Space Institute. Read this book and you will become more aware of the continuation of Sun Tzu's Art of War... Read more
Published 8 months ago by checkmarkinco
5.0 out of 5 stars Early Warning
This powerful, comprehensive, early warning book dares to suggest that societies sometimes
do bad things. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Chares G. Muhle
1.0 out of 5 stars Biased view
This is a book based on his very biased perspective. He just doesn't understand what's going on around the world.
Published 16 months ago by Faketeeth
3.0 out of 5 stars China rules
Writes Navarro: "The purpose of this book is to warn that unless strong actions are taken now both by China and the rest of the world, The Coming China Wars are destined to be... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Marc Comtois
1.0 out of 5 stars waste of time..lies
this book was a waste of time read about putting (now) China as the prime enemy for USA...USA consumption was high, so no companies want to build products in USA because it is... Read more
Published 19 months ago by David Ip
2.0 out of 5 stars Very one sided, but also full of truth
The book pays no attention to the benefits that the world and the US gets from this trade with China. Also the Chinese perspective is totally neglected. Read more
Published on December 6, 2011 by Jean Le Lupi
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit one-sided but interesting
I found the books very thought provoking and insightful. Although Navarro's tone can sometimes come across a bit right-winged/fear mongering - the issues he highlights in this... Read more
Published on June 21, 2011 by Sinohe K. Terrero
1.0 out of 5 stars Just a sales man
Watched his video, and read the "book". The finding is he, an excellent business man. He knows, how to sell his stuff; do good or bad, not his concern.
Published on June 12, 2011 by Qincy Sunace
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