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Crouching Tiger: What China's Militarism Means for the World Hardcover – November 3, 2015
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“Provocative, chilling, and never more timely, Peter Navarro cleverly details America’s single greatest foreign-policy challenge today: that of a rising China. From brewing tensions in the East and South China Seas and frightening moves in the all-so-stealthy cyberarena, to Beijing’s development of specific weapons platforms that challenge Washington’s ability to respond to a crisis in Asia, Navarro spells out in one easy-to-read volume all you need to know when it comes to China’s provocative challenge to the status quo. It is a must read.”
—Harry J. Kazianis, executive editor, National Interest, and senior fellow for defense policy, Center for the National Interest
“Crouching Tiger brings a rare, balanced, and brilliant perspective to the most formidable strategic challenge facing America—how to manage Beijing’s attempt to create a ‘new Chinese order.’ Navarro’s fact-based analysis strips bare this troubling issue even as he brings in the most eminent scholars in the field to offer a way forward. At stake are the principles that have stabilized Asia and guided world development for more than half a century.”
—Stefan Halper, director of American Studies, University of Cambridge, and author of The Beijing Consensus: Legitimizing Authoritarianism in Our Time
“Navarro makes a compelling case that trouble lies ahead in Asia, mainly because China is going to attempt to dominate that region the way the United States dominates the Western Hemisphere. China, in other words, is going to imitate Uncle Sam. Crouching Tiger is not only clearly and concisely written, but it also addresses almost every issue related to the question of whether China can rise peacefully. And that includes the counterarguments to Navarro’s position. This book is ideally suited for a wide audience.”
—John J. Mearsheimer, R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science, University of Chicago
“Finally, a book that vividly illustrates how China’s relentless mercantilist attack on America’s industrial and technological bases is not just costing us millions of good-paying jobs, it also now threatens our very national security. The author’s compelling blueprint for a far-ranging national response to this mercantilist attack should be required reading.”
—Pat Mulloy, former commissioner, US-China Economic and Security Review Commission, and former Foreign Service Officer, US State Department
“This meticulously researched book lays bare the critical nexus between the ‘Made in China’ products we buy and the war machine an expansionist China is now assembling to seize territory from its Asian neighbors and drive the US out of the Western Pacific. With this book’s arrival—required reading for every American citizen—nobody can say we weren’t warned.”
—Dan Slane, commissioner, US-China Economic and Security Review Commission; former case officer, Central Intelligence Agency; and former White House advisor
“Penetrating the mystique of a rapidly reemerging China and its implications for global peace has seldom been as easy or as intriguing as the exegesis provided by Peter Navarro in Crouching Tiger. Posing forty-five salient questions, Navarro deputizes his readers to join his step-by-step Sherlockian investigation into whether it is possible—and ultimately why it is important to try—to avoid conflict with China.”
—Patrick M. Cronin, DPhil, senior director, Asia-Pacific Security Program
“A brilliant and clear-headed analysis of America’s general short-sightedness on China—including allowing US multinationals to utilize offshore production in order to benefit from Beijing’s export subsidies, sweatshops, forced labor, currency manipulation, and absent environmental controls. Of equal note is the frank unmasking of the kowtowing of the US media to China, rampant academic self-censorship, and, at dead center stage, the growing Chinese military threat now bearing down on Asia.”
—Hon. David Kilgour, JD, former Canadian Secretary of State for Asia-Pacific
“Crouching Tiger weaves together history, economics, geopolitics, ancient Chinese doctrines, and modern military strategy to assess the challenge of China’s military rise and its one-hundred-year quest for global supremacy. It should be read by everyone, from Pentagon strategists and members of Congress to American citizens and taxpayers.”
—Michael Pillsbury, director, Center on Chinese Strategy at the Hudson Institute; member, the Council on Foreign Relations and the International Institute for Strategic Studies; and author, The Hundred-Year Marathon: China’s Secret Strategy to Replace America as the Global Superpower
“Peter Navarro’s provocative study thinks the unthinkable: a great power war between the United States and China in the not-so-distant future. Navarro systematically examines the underlying causes, the immediate triggers, and the possible trajectories of such a hypothetical conflict. In the process, he drives home the imperative to keep the peace through American strength. What sets this book apart from the booming literature on China’s rise is its appeal to the wider public. By drawing attention to the risks of a Sino-American strategic rivalry, Navarro’s work should spur much-needed debate on one of the most consequential challenges facing the United States.”
—Toshi Yoshihara, John A. van Beuren Chair of Asia-Pacific Studies, US Naval War College, and coauthor, Red Star over the Pacific: China’s Rise and the Challenge to US Maritime Strategy
About the Author
Peter Navarro is a professor at the Merage School of Business at the University of California-Irvine. With a Masters of Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government and a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard, this distinguished macroeconomist has written extensively on Asia as well as lived and worked there. He has published ten previous books, most recently Death by China, Seeds of Destruction, Always a Winner, and the bestselling The Coming China Wars. In 2001, his If It's Raining in Brazil, Buy Starbucks was also a bestseller. He appears regularly in such media outlets as the BBC, CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, and the CBS News, including 60 Minutes. His op-ed articles have been published in the Boston Globe, the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, the International Herald Tribune, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal, among other publications.
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Navarro frames the book as a detective story. The primary question is whether or not the U.S. and China are headed towards war. Each chapter begins with a multiple-choice question. Navarro then proceeds to provide evidence that answers the question. I found this to be a useful approach, especially for readers not as well versed in international affairs. It's a deductive approach to problem solving.
Although policy wonks would probably benefit from reading Navarro's book, I suspect the book is probably best suited to the general public. Navarro excels at explaining abstract concepts and the strategic benefits of certain pieces of military hardware. Navarro presents his case in a clearly and in a way accessible to non-experts. That said, I don't consider myself a China expert, but have worked professionally on foreign policy in Asia and follow the news closely, and I found that I certainly learned a bit about China's military capacity.
As I said above, I think Navarro is generally quite fair towards China. He clearly views China's rise as a risk, but he never demonizes China. He barely even mentions China's human rights abuses, and certainly doesn't use those abuses to whip up hatred of China. Navarro does take the time to understand China's actions from China's point of view, even if he generally concludes that China's actions are offensive in nature and constitute a threat.
Unfortunately, the book (I presume I received the final version) could have used another round of editing. Some of the writing is a bit awkwardly worded. For example, in one of the early chapters, Navarro writes:
"Across the broad swath of world history, in fully eleven of the fifteen times since 1500 that a rising power like China faced an established power like the United States, war resulted more than 70 percent of the time."
It's not clear if this refers to 70% of 15 or 70% of 11. I also noticed a few errors, which I assume are the result of typos rather that the author's lack of factual knowledge, because he seems to have done his homework on other issues.
Despite a few missteps here or there, Navarro's book provides a well reasoned "hawk" perspective of China's rise. I definitely recommend it, especially if you want a primer on U.S. security relations with China.
[I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review]