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The Coming China Wars: Where They Will Be Fought and How They Can Be Won Hardcover – October 29, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0132281287 ISBN-10: 0132281287 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: FT Press; 1 edition (October 29, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0132281287
  • ISBN-13: 978-0132281287
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.3 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,841 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

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.
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“In this informative volume, Navarro explores China's impact on the world and the perils it creates. … This provocative and potentially controversial book will be of value to a wide audience. Summing Up: Highly recommended.  

        -- CHOICE, April 2007

 

 

serves as an important touchstone for any prudent discussion regarding the implications to China's growth. For those unfamiliar with China's ecological disaster, natural-resource crisis or aging and soon to be inverted demographics, this book is a very good introduction.”  

           --Benjamin A Shobert, Asia Times

 

"In this comprehensive examination of China's mushrooming economy, Navarro masterfully illuminates the dark sides of China's great leaps into privatization and globalization."
             --Cecil Johnson, Boston Globe

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 (www.deathbychina.com).

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 www.peternavarro.com .

Customer Reviews

This is a book based on his very biased perspective.
Faketeeth
His straight-forward writing style is easy to read and follow which, while a bit simplistic, makes the book accessible to a very wide audience.
T. Forman
I feel that it will be a much better book if he changed his standpoint as : China is a friend, US and China co-exist.
Heron Cheer

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214 of 284 people found the following review helpful By An expat based in Beijing on January 24, 2007
Format: Hardcover
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 By Francis Schortgen on February 10, 2008
Format: Hardcover
"[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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chares G. Muhle on May 20, 2013
Format: Paperback
This powerful, comprehensive, early warning book dares to suggest that societies sometimes
do bad things. Since this was not news to me, I was disappointed when (bad) reviews cited
no examples of inaccurate info and, instead, suggested it was just a "China Bashing" work.

Wrong.

If only half of the "facts" in this work prove accurate, the world needs to know which half.

For those who doubt society does bad things, just ask the victims of the: crusades, native
American Indians, Incas, African slaves, Salem witches, Buffalo harvesting, Chernobyl,
Dachau ovens, Bataan March, early U. S. immigrants and the rapees of Nanking.

The rich legacy of Chinese culture towers over younger societies. Its astounding growth into
an exceptional industrial power speaks for itself. It must now navigate its 1.3 Billion-passenger
ship through hidden rocks while providing adequate food, water, air, employment and security to all.

Not an easy task in the dark. So Navarro shines light on hazards that could hurt China's future...and ours.
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43 of 62 people found the following review helpful By B. Nixon on October 4, 2007
Format: Hardcover
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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