The Coming China Wars (2006)

 The Coming China Wars: Where they will be fought and where they can be won (2006) is a book by Dr. Peter Navarro, Professor of Business at University of California-Irvine about the intense competition between US and China. The book discusses the relatively rapid emergence of China as a formidable power in the modern global economy and how China’s rise is a threat to the world. He attributes China’s success to low cost labor, disregard for the health and safety of factory workers (and citizenry in general), currency manipulation, export subsidies, rampant counterfeiting and piracy, and oppression of the poor and the weak. It describes a China threatened by internal turmoils (e.g. peasant uprisings) and external problems (e.g. Japan), trapped between tradition and modernity, and unsure of the right balance between communism and capitalism. It describes the problems China faces and its inability (and in some cases, unwillingess) to deal with most of those problems. The underlying thesis of the book is that a global conflict between China and the US is inevitable and offers suggestions on the steps US government can take to win the war with China.

Most experts, analysts, and lay people around the world agree that China has emerged as a global power in the last few years. There is a general consensus that the China of today is much stronger than the China of 50 years back and that the rapid ascent of China is going to continue at least in the near future. Where people disagree is the factors that led to this ascent and the global consequences of China’s power. Professor Novarro’s book is not an unbiased analysis of the factors and consequences of China’s economic success, but it is certainly a passionate and well-written account of why China is a threat to the world. Notably, Professor Novarro is not the only one who holds the views expressed in this book, many China experts, popular commentators, and talk show hosts in the US have often expressed similar views on TV and other public forums (e.g. Glenn Beck and Sean Hannerty).

I enjoyed reading this book and I recommend it to people who want to learn more about China and its relationship with China. I do not believe, and I am sure Professor Novarro would agree with me, that the book provides an unbiased discussion of the various China-related issues. However, I do not think the bias of the author is a weakness of the book. In fact, I think it’s a strength. Professor Novarro has wonderfully articulated the views held by a sizeable section of the US people (and many in other countries) about China. He has clearly stated that most of the research for the book was done on the internet and makes no claim of looking at things from a Chinese (or non U.S.) perspective. The biases have been acknowledged, now let the conversation begin!

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  1. Ken Jacobi

    The “Coming China Wars” starts out by explaining how China has quickly emerged as a World Power. Because of China’s huge influence on the world now, every other country, especially America, is being effected. China is starting to take natural resources away from other countries, as well as, providing all the cheap labor that will ever be needed. These two factors are causing huge problems for other nations who can not compete with China’s low costs in production. The beginning of the book begins to explain how these acts are undermining other nations and leaving them very susceptible to China.

  2. Xinyu Lu

    When I first time read some chapters of this book, I feel so uncomfortable with the dark sides of China: 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. Admittedly, some of the horror stories are true, while some I feel it is a collection of every single bad press clipping that has ever published about China in the last 10 years. No doubt, China has serious world-affecting issues in many areas. And many of these issues affect the US and other countries directly and will get certainly continue and some will even get worse.

  3. James Wilhelm

    At this stage, I’ve read the introductions and the first couple of chapters. The beginning chapters address several issues the author perceives as creating an non-uniform playing field for international business. The two major areas Navarro has discussed so far in my reading have been practices that allow Chinese manufacturers to produce more cheaply than the rest of the world and the issues with Chinese manufacturers producing counterfeit or copyright-infringing goods. As the the former point, Navarro identifies poor labour conditions (specifically the lack of safety measures taken to protect workers and the use of slave labour), a failure to enforce environmental protection regulations, and protectionist policies pursued by the Chinese government as issues that make manufacturers outside of China unable to compete with the “China price.” On the subject of the latter point, Navarro addresses the idea that further supplementing the ability of Chinese manufacturers to beat international competitors’ prices is the fact that counterfeiting and copyright infringement is rampant, which obviously saves manufacturers engaging in these practices tons of money on R&D and advertising costs.

  4. Caryn Filonuk

    The book “The Coming China Wars” by Peter Navarro deals with the manners in which China has been deceiving the world and has even been committing crimes against humanity(at least in the first 4 chapters). China sells goods to other countries at prices that are so low that other countries can’t resist. The people buying these products, however, do not know that Chinese producers have been either lacing their produce with chemicals to make it eligible for a market or putting antibiotics in their seafood in order to make the fish marketable as well. These consumers of the seafood will consume this food unbeknownst to them that if they get sick and need a specific antibiotic that was present in the seafood that they consumed, they will have built up a tolerance making the antibiotic ineffective. China has also been manufacturing toys that contain led in them or other poisonous chemicals. The recent recall on Chinese made toys is phenomenal, but the scare to consumers still is not that great because they still keep buying other non-recalled Chinese made products. Lastly, China holds $3 trillion of U.S. government bonds. The use of these bonds against the U.S., in Navarro’s words, is the equivalent of a “nuclear” attack on the U.S. financial system.

  5. Andrew Li

    China is expanding at an unprecedented rate and the author of “The Coming China Wars”, Peter Navarro suggests several ideas he feels are contributing drivers to China’s success and its potential demise. These nine drivers are used to create an unfair advantage for China, such as deep cost cuts from low wages and lax of regulation from worker health care to environmental controls. China is employing different tactics in order to surpass all other nations as in begins to take over one industry at a time. One disadvantage of China is its dangerously large unemployment population and the income disparity between peasants and city dwellers. The People’s Republic of China was formed in the notion to redistribute to the peasants, but at current discontent mounds for what may be another revolution.

  6. Matt Vivona

    The tensions between the United States and China are at an all-time high. We rely on them to buy our debt and in turn they repay us by developing nuclear weapons, aligning themselves with terrorists, undervaluing their currency, and maintaining the lowest standards on human rights in the world. The United States often overlooks the fact that China is still a communist country because so many of our businesses have subsidiaries located there. You rarely see news networks these days such as CNN or Fox News strongly criticize China in anyway because they are often on 24/7 there. Another travesty with China is their intentional undervaluing of their currency. This allows them to sell their cheap plastic products below market value in the United States. This is putting pressure on small businesses to survive. At the same time exporting to China is nearly impossible for small business because of the tariffs they face. Most recently Hillary Clinton’s visit to China revealed her true colors when she said “Human rights cannot interfere with the global economic crisis, the global climate…” This was a very different message from the one when she was first lady and screaming bloody murder about the human rights polices (or lack thereof) in China. The average person should be made aware of how political dissonance is treated in China. For example, the harvesting of organs (removing kidneys while the person is still alive), slave labor camps, etc. should be more than enough reason for people to realize that even though China holds our debt doesn’t mean that they are our ally.

  7. Joseph Micale

    In my reading so far of “The Coming China Wars” Peter Navarro has done a very good job of portraying China as the United States evil enemy in the world. However, I find it hard to see this book as anything but a slanderous propaganda filled work of “non-fiction” used to make sales. When Navarro speaks of the poor working conditions in China, he ignores the fact that when America was a developing nation during the industrial revolution the conditions were just as poor, sweatshops were just as abundant and work related casualties were common occurrences as well. All in all it just seems to me that Navarro is trying to recreate Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle for a new generation. Navarro also criticizes China’s use of cheap land, electricity, water and poor environmental regulations as an evil way to attract foreign direct investment. However, why does Navarro not hold accountable the hundreds of American companies that build subsidiaries in China to capitalize on those costs? If all these companies stand up to China because of their poor regulations then the Chinese government is forced to meet developed nations standards. I’m not saying Navarro doesn’t speak some truth as evident by the recalls on many Chinese made products such as toys mentioned in Chapter 3 and toothpaste made with antifreeze chemicals that made U. S. news in the past. I just feel that everything I read has to be taken with a grain of salt.

  8. Sojin Han

    The author, Peter Navarro, writes about China’s darkside in the book, THE COMING CHINA WAR. This book moves on with shocking facts about China one after another. China’s currency problem, Nuclear Bomb (threatening the States with government securities), working conditions…etc. Although I’m only up to Chapter 3 of this book, I can strongly sense that it is very biased book. Peter Navarro states all negative sides of China (under the assumption that all information in this book is correct); almost giving the readers impression ‘CHINA = DEVIL.’ If author wrote this book with objevtive point of view, the reader might have had better chance to build fair opinions about the relationship between the U.S. and China.

  9. Yongho Lee

    This book, The Coming China Wars, is start with superpower of chain which has the most of all market in the world. China’s expert to foreign countries started late than other country in the world because of communism. However, they have made other countries fall behind with their men power, cheap labor, and so on. During this extremely fast industrialization and dominating world market, there are many problems came out, such as, defective goods-exploding cell phone batteries, shredded tires, deadly toys, fake Lipitor, and human right abuse in the production line. To protect ourselves from the defective product which is made in China, we need to know all of possible problems and cases which are detected or doubted.

  10. Colin Campbell

    In the first two chapters of The Coming China Wars, Peter Navarro sets the stage for the rest of the book on the realities that the Chinese economy has in relation to the rest of the world, and why those facts pose such a imminent threat. One of the issues mentioned was the fact that Chinese currency is “pegged” to be less than the U.S. Dollar. This ensures that Chinese prices will continue to be cheaper than overseas competitors. Another issue brought up was that Chinese labor can be compared with slave labor, due to the harsh conditions of the average worker and the fact that there is little they can do to change their current standard of living.

  11. Waseem Alam

    The Coming China Wars, by Peter Navarro, provides an interesting look at China and its relation to the United States. In the beginning of the book, he describes how china gets a “china price” and how counterfeit items and piracy affects the outside world. Regardless of the many facts Navarro states, it basically seems like a book with every single bad fact the author could find about China. The author does not try to be objective in the book. The listing of what China is doing bad goes on and on, and from the amount I have read so far, he does not provide any solutions. It would be far more useful to read these points if they had solutions on what the United States could do to counter what China is doing. Another thing I did not like from what I have read so far is that the author dramatizes too much. This is shown by how he creates examples to get his points across, and these examples mostly are not everyday occurrences and are used as a scaring tactic by Navarro.

  12. Ken Jacobi

    Entry 2

    After reading the majority of “The Coming China Wars” I have concluded that the author is a bit too one sided. His facts can not be ignored, such as the very grave danger of their counterfeit goods or the danger China poses by damming rivers, but the author fails to entertain the positives of China’s growth. If China has been growing and expanding (and getting richer) for decades now, something they are doing has to be good. The author discusses the negative consequences of this growth, but really fails to discuss the positives that can come out of this.
    Still, the second half of the book continues to pour out staggering facts and numbers. For example, I still can not believe how China helped create their AIDS epidemic ( by pooling similar types of blood together) and how little they seem to be doing to curb the problem.
    The consequences of China’s actions are very real. This can not be denied. However, one must ask whether or not Navarro is writing the worst case scenario/doomsday consequence, or whether he is writing about the most plausible consequences. There must be a worldwide collective effort in minimizing China’s abuse of their labor, people, and environment, but to say that everything China is doing will lead to Armageddon seems a bit to dramatic. Still, it does convey the author’s central message: Pay attention to China NOW, because they are only getting more powerful by the day.

  13. Caryn Filonuk

    The second third of “The Coming China Wars” deals more with the environmental impacts of China’s actions and its exploitation of other countries resources and the exploitation of their own workers. China has been gaining a large share of the world’s metals, minerals, raw materials, and agricultural resources. It was been taking advantage of poorer countries and in return leaving these poorer countries in worse conditions than before China did business with these countries. In addition to exploiting these countries, there was an accident involving 46 Zambian employees and their deaths caused by their poor slave labor like conditions. The fact that slave labor is still being used in countries and especially in China where the costs to produce materials and goods is already cheap, just serves to prove that China is taking advantage of the poor in their country. In addition, China has been polluting its own land and has even been a leading cause of world pollution in recent years. The tides in China have been called “red tides” due to the change in color of the water caused by the excess pollution. The water has been killing off fish and other marine life that countries count on for food. The fact that a large portion of the Chinese population is poor and the amount of food available is decreasing due to pollution is only causing more damage to the country and its people. The amount of pollution caused by China to the world is just so ridiculously high that the fact that no country is doing anything to fix this and China itself doesn’t care is only going to make global warming worse and sooner rather than later.

  14. Joseph Micale

    After reading more than 120 pages of “The Coming China Wars” I feel exactly the same way about this book then when I first commented a month ago. I had originally hoped that the book would be about the socio-economic and political agendas of both the United States and China and how the two would clash in a struggle for resources in a world of diminishing supply. What I’ve read, however, is just Navarro bashing China with only his slanderous view points and unsubstantiated or unrelated sources.
    There is one excerpt in the book (page 40) that I feel exemplifies the types of arguments he puts forth. “…Far too many entrepreneurs lack the ethical fiber and moral compass to do anything other than try to make a buck any way they can- no matter what the health and safety consequences for their consumers. In this regard, the World Christian Database reports that China has by far the largest percentage of unbelievers in the world.” The absurdity of this paragraph is that, one; the two sentences have nothing in common with each other, two; even if Navarro is trying to show a correlation between non-Christians and immorality that is ludicrous because they are plenty of highly moral individuals that are not Christian such as Ghandi and Confucius. At the same time there are highly religious people who are unethical such as Elizabeth Smart’s kidnappers, Brian David Mitchell and Wanda Ileen Barzee. Lastly, the World Christian Database’s findings can’t even be used as a creditable source because the word “unbelievers” is too vague. Do they mean non-Christians? Do they mean atheists? Also, since China has the largest population of any country isn’t obvious that they would have the high population rankings in a lot of statistics anyway?
    Just as another example of how Navarro just imposes his opinion on the reader here is another excerpt. On page 132, Navarro writes, “By now, it should be clear that China runs the biggest propaganda mill in the world, engages in the most extensive censorship on the planet, and has the most sophisticated Internet control system.” By the pure definitions what fact and opinion, that statement is an opinion. If Navarro wants to write that China is the biggest “propaganda mill in the world” he has to back it up with a statistic that shows just that or it is not fact. Overall, I am just disappointed by his lack of facts and figures and his overuse of opinion and beliefs.

  15. Andrew Li

    The book presents China as a relentless nation trying at any measures to attain super growth. Navarro suggests one major driver of China’s growth is through counterfeiting and piracy from luxury items, to pharmaceuticals, to auto parts. Visiting China this winter break and witnessing first hand, I agree with the author that piracy is rampant. In Shanghai, there are shopping centers solely dedicated to selling pirated and counterfeit items. There seems to be no law and enforcement whatsoever to prevent the sales. Some of the scenarios discussed by the author may seem unrealistic, by after my visit, these ideas do not seem farfetched at all. Recently a baby formula company was sued after their products were giving infants kidney stones because of bad ingredients. I think the book does a great job in showing the justification of the Chinese government and why they chose to lead the country in this certain way. I am not condoning these methods but now have a better understanding of the basis of these decisions. For example, piracy not only is a major source of profit but also helping the country stabilize its incredible unemployment. Pollution is also rampant in China because of lax regulations that invite other nations to send their undesired pollutant production in to China. In order to meet China’s demand for energy, China is burning massive amount of coal creating pollution that spreads as far as to the US. While in China, every day seem muggy, and I rarely was able to clearly into the sky because of the smog. I don’t think the author is trying to bash on China but merely present facts even if they all seemed negative. I agree that the Chinese government is very dysfunctional and could do a better job in resolving these issues. However, I feel he does generalize the Chinese population as unmoral.

  16. James Wilhelm

    (Second Entry)
    At this point I’ve read the first five chapters. Whereas after the first couple I didn’t really have any issues with the points the author was making, the last couple of chapters have presented some material that I find a bit more contentious.
    Firstly, I’m starting to become tired of the “us versus them” manner in which most of Mr. Navarro’s arguments are presented. At one point, while discussing how hard it is to get Chinese companies into court he makes the statement, “…the fear of multimillion-dollar lawsuits undeniably leads to more socially responsible corporate behavior.” I think that, especially in the light of recent events pertaining to the US economy, the point that our legal system leads to more socially responsible corporate behavior is at least debatable and most assuredly not “undeniable.”

    To continue on this same point of painting the US as free of fault and China as a country full of villains, Mr. Navarro drags religion into the argument at the end of chapter three. “Two high profile cases illustrate how the cold, black, godless hearts of at least some of the Chinese entrepreneurs strongly suggest the absence of any moral compass in China’s “poison-for-profit” culture.” This seems like a completely unreasonable statement to make in what should be a reasonably objective presentation. This is clearly a hyperbolic statement and one that detracts from the overall credibility of the book. It certainly makes it seem more like Mr. Navarro has a personal axe to grind than a valid warning to present. Furthermore, complaining about Islamic fundamentalists (who are notorious for their intolerance of the religions of others) in one place and calling a bunch of other people “godless” really seems awfully hypocritical.

    Mr. Navarro uses the US State Department’s characterization of Iran’s activities in the Middle East to illustrate one of his points about China’s foreign policy. That amused me somewhat because it struck me that the US State Department is about as objective on the subject of Iran in the Middle East as your average IRA soldier is on the subject of British humanitarian efforts.

    As I finished up the fifth chapter, what struck me most was that this book is really a depressing read. I know that the author presents solutions to the problems he perceives China as creating and suggests ways of mitigating the damage, but that seems almost like a secondary concern to me when you look at the issue from another angle. If most people can agree that China is doing unethical things, then the logical course of action as a global society would be to shun them until they stepped more in line with what we as a planet think is best for all of us. However, what really happens is that everyone decries their lack of ethics on the one hand and then tacitly encourages their behavior on the other by engaging in political and economic relations with China. The irony of most of this book as far as I’ve read is that China really can’t do all of the things the author is complaining about by itself. It wouldn’t be creating factories that pollute its countryside if there wasn’t a market for its cheap goods. It wouldn’t be able to rape developing nations of their natural resources if it weren’t for the leaders of those countries being so willing to trade the economic well-being of their people for personal gain. Despite China’s behavior as a nation being vilified, it has willing accomplices at every turn. If we as a world want to improve the conditions for everyone then we need to stop being so short sighted, and realize that not engaging in dealings with China today are well worth the short terms costs in order to reap the long term benefits of, hopefully, a cleaner planet and better global living conditions.

  17. Alexandra Roseman

    RESPONSE 1
    The beginning of the book “The Coming China Wars” paints China as a fierce global market competitor who will stop at nothing to produce the most products at the lowest prices and make profit. The Chinese government uses bureaucratic practices to overlook the ethical standards that the country does not meet. The Chinese government does nothing to stop the terrible treatment its workers, the heavy environmental pollution of China or the products they make that do not meet safety standards.
    The author, Peter Navarro, expresses that most of the workers in China are forced to do their jobs under slave like conditions. The happiness or healthiness of workers is not taken into account at all. Navarro explains that many workers are forced to work only for a floor to sleep on and gruel to eat. People will work themselves to death for nothing because they do not want to join the millions of unemployed citizens. Navarro talks about a 30-year-old woman who died from exhaustion in a factory after being forced to work for 24 hours non-stop. I found this fact shocking. There is no reason for someone to die for a factory quota to be met.
    The Chinese disregard for the well being of its citizens puts millions of them in hospitals every year as a result of environmental pollution. The air in China causes repertory disease and kills the animals that farmers depend on for income. It seems as though the government overlooks this danger because it might take time away from producing products.
    China’s omission of ethics doesn’t stop in its own country; it is pushed onto the global market through China’s low selling prices, which make it, is a big global competitor. China’s faulty knocks off products harm many people every year. Knock off pharmaceuticals seem to pose the greatest threat to their consumers. This worries me because I know many people who buy prescription drugs online to save money. I did not realize how lax the regulations on online international prescription drugs are.
    After reading the first few chapters of this book I feel as though China is a negative force on the economic and ethical standards of the world. Its practices are extremely corrupt and the nation is in need of outside regulation.

  18. Alexandra Roseman

    Response 2

    As I continue to read “The Coming China Wars,” it becomes more and more clear that Peter Navarro’s book is completely slanted against China. Navarro continues to relay to the reader case after case of China’s crooked business practices and ethical negligence. China uses its wealth to buy influence in resource rich nations. China’s money is used to bribe or provide loans for nations with corrupt leaders in return for lowered ethical and trade regulation. I agree with Navarro that these practices seem imperialistic.
    Undoubtedly, China’s economic influence is killing the environment. China’s riches allow them to do whatever they want. Reports reveal that the effects of China’s pollution range from sewage to acid rain to sand storms of toxic chemicals. China produces more pollution than any other nation, and I think this is of universal concern and should definitely be addressed more by the global community. But how do we get this done? Navarro briefly discusses solutions to China’s pollution problem. I liked when he did this, however, the more I read, the more I found myself wishing for more of his solutions, instead of just his accusations.
    One major problem that Navarro addressed without much solution is China’s great interest in all the natural resources that Africa has to offer. Africa is rich in natural resources and has high percentage of corrupt leaders that make China’s shady dealings there easy. The Chinese are interested in getting as close as possible to the natural resources they desire. Understandably, China needs these resources to fuel their economy, which is one of the highest consuming and producing nations in the world. When China takes control of natural resource areas in Africa, unethical working standards are applied. African miners, like Chinese factory workers, are worked like slaves and treated like they are not human. While China is undoubtedly perpetuating colonialism in China, Navarro neglects to place blame on the European and American nations who act similarly. The degree to which Navarro’s writing is one-sided sometimes makes the book feel more like propaganda than fact to me.
    Although I don’t believe everything Navarro has to say, I do hope that the global community addresses China’s ethical issues in the near future. I want to see more newspaper articles and news stations focusing on international ethics. I do not think that China’s practices are not good for the future of business or humanity.

  19. SoJin Han

    Response 2
    As I read further, there’s no doubt that the author is heavily biased. Chapter after chapter, he is throwing incidents to prove how BAD China is. For example, Navarro writes about environmental issues.. He argues that China caused acid rain, sand storms, colored water…etc. But is it solely China’s fault? It is true that China’s environmental regulations are pretty low, however, aren’t American companies (and other nations’ companies) have their factories in China for that reasons? He can’t solely blame China for the pollution because who are truly benefiting from this low environmental regulation? And who are truly suffering from this?
    He also discusses about China’s business with Africa. Peter Navarro tells how China is the only side who’s benefiting from the business with Africa, whereas Africa is left with worse conditions than before. Yes, it made me angry when I was reading how cruel China can get especially toward Africa. At the same time, I got an impression that according to the author, whoever China trades with, China is the winner.

  20. Angela Zhu

    Response 1
    When I first picked this book, I had the intention that it was going to be a book that was very much for the trade relationship between America and China. I was really excited because I was for the growth in the relationship between the two nations. One was a powerful nation and another one was a nation growing to power. Each can both benefit from each other’s expertise in products and services. America can gain from the cheap labor force in china and the cheap products, while China can gain from the capital coming in from the American consumers.

    I took a class previous to this (International Political Economy) and there was a documentary assigned for the class that was about the CHIMERICA relationship. There was nothing but positive things to say about this growing trade. So it was surprising when I first picked up this book and read the brief description and there was nothing but negative things to say about it.

  21. Angela Zhu

    Response 2
    After the first few pages of reading this book, I wanted to change books. I felt a bit disgusted by the bias that the author accused the Chinese business practices. However I was still intrigued by the dirt revealed that I would have not otherwise would have known.

    I was aware that there have been unethical practices in china in the factories and products but I was surprised by how a little “dysfunction” can cause a butterfly effect that can cause a population to suffer from the preceding consequences. However it is impossible for the American consumers to stop buying products from China, its too cheap for them to give it up even if it will harm them.

    I will continue on to finish reading the book even if it makes me squirm but the huge load of bias this author has towards the trade relationship. It is always good to see both sides.

  22. Yongho Lee

    One different thing of china as a developing country is that they are based on communism. That means the center of power can control all over the country, such as labors, material, capitals, and talented managers. Based on these benefits, they can make cheap price product. However, one of many problems is that they ignore environmental pollutions caused by mass manufacturing system. Population and size of continent is huge differ from another country. It threaten not only the hundreds of innocent Chinese, but also everyone on the planet. One of point of this book is water pollution which is essential component for human, animal, and plant living. Over the past decade, the number of protests, riots and strikes in china has risen to nearly 100, 000 annually. The china government is in “war from within”. There are too many problems that caused by china’s mass manufacturing. All of these problems are corrected by someone who is in the china, not outside. Increase “’war from within” means that public notices to remove bad thing to have a better condition of life and country for their descendants.

  23. Julio Romero

    China’s rise as a global superpower is certainly a threat to the United States and much of the developed world, as Navarro describes. It seems that China is taking extraordinary measures, including sacrificing the well-being of its citizens, in order to gain a competitive advantage on labor in the world. However, to play devil’s advocate, the Western World are the innovators of free market capitalism, and I feel it must understand that were it not for its rush to ensure globalization, and thus open up markets around the world, it would not be in this position. The fact is the United States now faces a real competitor at its own game, and will for years to come.

  24. Waseem Alam

    As I continue to read the book, it becomes increasingly hard to separate the clear bias the author shows, and the amount of raw facts he uses. He cites, statistic after statistic, study after study proving his point, whatever it might be in the specific chapter. Is the entire world blind when doing business with China, or is it that the facts are cherry picked to prove his point. He is ignoring other facts that would counter his argument, thus not giving a balanced approach, and he still does not offer any solutions to the problem he shows.

    With all of that said, Navarro does have some valid points in his book that are worth considering. For example, I agree with the analysis of Chinese manufacturers making dangerous toys for children. That is not a made up story, but a fact that has been reported countless of times. However, the book does not mention the fact that the Chinese government has taken action against these manufacturers, by increasing safety checks and banning lead paint used in toy manufacturing.

  25. Lucy Gonzales

    The Coming China Wars by Peter Navarro starts out by aggressively pin pointing the negative effects of China’s economy on the rest of the world. Though biased from the first few sentences, I do believe there must be some truth to many of his scenarios (presented in the introduction of the book). In the first chapter he claims that the main way China has been able to “emerge as the world’s ‘factory floor’” is based on the “China price” and goes on to label such a “price” a weapon of mass destruction. To fully disagree with several of the issues portrayed by Peter Navarro in the first few chapters and introduction is difficult- however the same goes for agreeing. Throughout the chapters he quotes various sources in order to get his points across, yet very little is done to discuss the benefits brought upon by China’s economy and control of (or lack thereof).

  26. Caryn Filonuk

    The final third of the book “China Wars” deals more with the ramifications of China’s political and research states than the rest of the book had mentioned. Navarro speaks of the undeniable freedom of speech and the right to vote, and the way in which Chinese citizens are denied these rights. In addition, the lack of freedom extends to the press being controlled by the Communist party and journalists having to change their articles, or having the articles changed by the government, if the material is not up to the government’s standards. Another lack of freedom regards religion. Religion is controlled by the government in the sense that all religious institutions must register with the government and the government will then say what the religious institution can and cannot do and say. There are only five religions permitted in China:Buddhism, Taoism, Islam, Protestantism, and Catholicism. The fact that only these five religions are allowed also shows the lack of respect for the rights of the Chinese people. The punishments for disobeying the government and trying to attain any freedom have severe consequences.
    Additionally, China is trying to expand their military horizons and space exploration. The weapons that they are trying to obtain and use can cause such astronomical damage that the world should pay more attention to China and not be so careless in their trading with China. China has been trying to research more ways to use their space exploration and knowledge obtained with it to annihilate the competition. China has interfered with the orbit of one of its satellites and in doing so has messed with space to the point where other satellites and people can be injured.
    This book has shown the catastrophic damage that China has caused and is capable of causing. If countries and governments don’t step in soon and try to alleviate the situation, then there will be serious problems in the world.

  27. Joseph Micale

    Book Blog #3

    After finishing Peter Navarro’s The Coming China Wars I am disappointed in almost every facet of the book. First, the book is entirely biased in the viewpoint that everything China does is evil. Second, more often than not Navarro talks about the terrible things that are happening in China but doesn’t directly speak about how they relate to the United States and “The Coming China Wars” that will become of due to these series of events. Third, I feel that book was poorly written not in a grammatically sense, but in a fluid chapter to chapter continuity sense. Navarro starts by mentioning the evils of the Chinese economy, then shifts to Chinese manufacturing practices, the search for resources, political affiliations, environmental implications of Chinese practices, Chinese governmental regulation/ censorship, and Chinese militarism (through 165 pages) before finally mentioning how the United States and China would be vying for power and the solutions to preventing war in his final two chapters. Lastly, all of Navarro’s solutions entail how to stop the evils of the Chinese wrongdoings and doesn’t mention anything about what the United States could do to curb its own wrongdoings, therefore implying that the United States is altruistic in all its practices. This is a very coincidental assumption considering the book is marketed to Americans, which brings me back to my first point that Navarro clearly writes one sided. My largest overall criticism was that that Navarro really should have focused more on his recommendations and solutions rather than just confining them to the last 50 pages of the book.

  28. Ken Jacobi

    Last post

    After completing the “Coming China Wars”, it is now obvious that these coming wars are here. There is NO more time to wait and see if a worst case scenario will play out. Later is happening now and if we as a race are not careful then before we realize it later will have been in the last and it will be too late to do anything about it. China has the right to grow and prosper but there must be a world wide GLOBAL effort to contain the issues and problems expansion brings.
    The world can not let a country, any country, ruin and destroy natural resources that have a profound impact on the entire world. Similarly the world can not let a country fund terrorism.
    I believe the solution is in technology. When China or any other country is able to have “unlimited” clean energy their political ties will change as they stop dealing with terrorist states and their destruction of the environment will become much more mild.
    Technology can keep the air and water clean and deal with a population surge. The worry however is that the technology will become available much too slow and as a result the issues that countries like China are exacerbating will spiral out of control to a point where later is now.

  29. Andrew Li

    China’s rapid growth is paralleled by its rapid demand for natural resources and they are using “amoral” practices to help secure these resources. The author speaks about the different dangers of China’s rising demand especially for oil and the catastrophic economic volatility it will bring to the world market. China is second to the United States in the consumption of oil and the author pins the blame on China for its growing demand rather than placing it on the United States, who has one third the population of China. China can viewed as a government run company, it is making many strategic moves to help better position themselves in the future. This company’s motive is to earn profits while disregarding many ethical and political considerations. China is portrayed as acting solely for its own benefits and utilizing imperialistic dominance over resource abundant nations just like it had been done to by Western nations earlier in its history. It appears to me China ‘s only objective is trying to make up for the many years it has lost during the decades of revolution.

  30. James Wilhelm

    I’ve now finished The Coming China Wars. On the whole I thought it was a relatively engaging book, although the presentation left something to be desired at times. It was clear by about halfway through the book that the author has made this his soapbox platform and as a result, may be a little too intent on condemning China’s practices to be anywhere near objective. That said, the majority of his complaints are seemingly valid and backed up with impartial, respected, third party sources, indicating that they are important issues that genuinely require attention. Within the great many issues discussed in the last portion of the book, I found that the following stirred me to commentary.

    It’s ironic and more than a little unfortunate that American firms are willing to engage in the distribution of technologies to China that cause problems for the US. The fact that Cisco has provided as much technology as it has to a China that is more than willing to turn that same technology towards hacking US governmental networks is, in my opinion, nothing short of criminal.

    I found the criticism of US business schools and their deficiency in the area of instilling ethical business values to be somewhat absurd. The observers of the link between business schools and corporations seem to be misconstruing the amount of relative influence these two groups have over the student population. The business schools are paid to teach students about business. They have little means of observing students’ ethical behaviours with regards to business and even were more opportunities given to do so, the most that is generally at stake for students is a grade. Contrast this with the corporations whose leverage is quite a bit more significant given that they control whether or not the former business students have a job. Corporate cultures that promote cost savings regardless of the consequences and laissez-faire attitudes towards foreign ethical standards are far more to blame than the business schools in my view.

    When reading about the star-wars, I laughed aloud at the comedy inherent in the idea that while humanity maintains that it has come so far since the days of living in caves and hunting with spears, the future may bring conflict resolution in the form of throwing rocks at each other.

    I found most of the suggestions given in the final chapter to be reasonable even if they were a little naïve in some cases. However, I really took exception to the suggestion, “Be prepared to quickly outrace the Chinese (and Russians) if a space arms race cannot be avoided.” This was translated in my mind into, “Try to be peaceful, but if that doesn’t work, make sure you have the biggest gun.” How enlightened.

    Surprisingly, I found that this book will have affected my life in some ways. First, I fully intend to uninstall Skype from my computer. I’ve used Skype in the past for communicating with other players while playing online games, but after having read about their involvement with the Chinese government I see no reason to support them. Additionally, the author’s suggestion to donate one’s book to a local library made good sense to me, so once I’ve completed the coursework that I require this book for, I expect to donate it to either my local public library or my high-school library, neither of which have a copy available. Expanded public awareness of some of the issues presented in this book is an important first step to correcting those issues.

  31. SoJin Han

    Response #3

    The last part of “China Wars” includes government regulations, and militarism. Navarro states how Chinese don’t have rights of freedom of speech, vote, and religion. I almost forgot that China is still the communist state (According to CIA – The World Factbook). I remember reading an article about Youtube has blocked in China during riots in Tibet. It perfectly correlates with what Navarro says about media restriction. The author discusses further about China’s militarism. He mentions that we should pay close attention to what kind of weapons China tries to buy and use currently. He, then, talks about China’s space exploration, how China messed it up that other satellite and even people can damage from it.
    After closing this book, I must admit that I learned a lot of facts (dirty facts about China) from Peter Navarro, but I must admit that I will not let this book affect how I think about China because there are too many numbers of unproven and/or untrue assumptions in his book. I would have loved this book if this was written with objective voice than subjective.

  32. Waseem Alam

    The focus of the book has switched from Chinese economic practices to environmental practices. Navarro cites some eye popping statistics to make his point, showing how in 25 years China’s carbon dioxide emissions will be double that of all other industrial nations combined. What now needs to be done is to see how we can control this pollution, both in air and water as Navarro mentions. This will not be done by setting mere policies and signing treaties, rather collective substantial action by many countries needs to be taken to deter China from keeping these policies. These problems are serious because of the scope, and because it is transforming from a regional to a global problem as Navarro states. I believe that with threats, China might look at its policies again. I don’t believe that it will immediately change policies because China knows that we can only do so much. It will be a slow process, so we cannot demand the policies to be shut off tomorrow, rather they need to be phased out slowly.

  33. Alexandra Roseman

    Response 3

    Throughout reading the book I often felt that Navarro was simply listing all the problems China creates. His text put great emphasis on the hazardous knock-offs China manufactures, the environmental pollution China inflicts on the world, and the Chinese government’s complete disregard for human rights. Navarro also brought to light China’s unethical interests in outer space and global positioning systems. While reading of all the immoral acts China was a part of I waited in anticipation for Navarro’s final “Solutions” chapter.
    I wanted Navarro to be constructive in addressing all the problems he discussed and creative in finding solutions that all American’s could support. In the final solutions chapter I felt that Navarro did a good job of creating easy alternate lifestyle methods that can keep the American consumers away from Chinese products. I liked that Navarro separated his final chapter with different plans to conquer the coming china wars for individuals, voters, the government, businesses, and even China. For the individual I think it is a good idea to look at where the products you are buying have been produced. I plan to do this the next time I go to the store. I will also take Navarro’s advice and make a trip to the Binghamton Library to donate this book once the course is over. On the governmental subject I agree with Navarro that if Americans could do a better job of living within their means our huge trade deficits with China would decrease drastically. Finally I think that China’s energy saving five year plan would make a huge impact on the world’s energy consumption and leaders from around the world should put in the effort to make sure Chine does this.

  34. Julio Romero

    The more I read The Coming China Wars by Peter Navarro, it becomes clear that the author does have a heavy bias against China. Navarro does seem to over sensationalize the possible outcomes at times, but at the same time it does allow the reader to get a sense of the author’s urgency. One point Navarro makes is specifically that The United States, specifically the consumer, has become hopelessly reliant on Chinese products to fill our refrigerators, closets, medicine cabinets, and our homes. The United States has over time become a service economy, and a switch back to a production economy would not be easy to implement at all. The problem is, that this may be the only solution to break our dependence from China and other nations for our products.

  35. Martin Nowak

    As of right now I read two and half chapters of Peter Navarro book. So far the author explained why is China so successful in conquering one export market after another as well as the factors that enable China to dominate export markets. Navarro explains that China’s biggest advantage is the low price of their products as well as the low cost. However, the issue is how China was able to achieve this low production cost. Author explains that multimillion unemploed army of worker put downward pressurre on wages. Other factor, which is much more questionable is the forced prison labor and modern economic slave labor. This is combined with the fact that China gained access to modern technology and production processes by attracting forein direct investment. Modern technology allowed China to increase production and introduce economy of scales which in turn lower production cost. Furthermore, piracy of branded products and knockoffs helps Chinese economy to grow. Navarro explains that chinese government have no desire to stop these illigal and some times dangerous operations due to benefits (jobs…).
    Although I think all these concerns have valid base, Peter Navarro did not mention the underlying factor of all of this. That is there is a demand for cheap goods and I think that where is a demand there is a supply. So, for example if people want exeptional quality shoes – China could provide only imitation of it, but no one would buy it becase people want exeptional quality. However, in these days people want cheap and cheap could mean lower, pottentionality harmful quality. Anyway, this book is very well writen with a clear point to make. Even though I only read little over 2 chapters, I pay closer attention to where products were made. That is how much this book can influence reader.

  36. Gregory McGuire

    In reading “The Coming China Wars” I read why a lot of companies place their manufacturing plants in china. Peter Navarro explains the reason goes beyond just cheap labor, as if this was the only reason, companies would place their plants in Cambodia, Vietnam, etc… where labor is even cheaper. He explains that in addition to cheap labor the Chinese are more educated then other third world nations. This increased education makes the Chinese workers more productive, allowing them to produce more goods per hour of work than other nations. This shows that even if labor is more expensive than other third world nations, they can keep costs lower with increased productivity. I found this to be an interesting point, as it shows that a company can save money by finding a more productive worker, rather than just relaying on finding the cheapest labor. Another thing I read in the book was the safety hazards some Chinese products create due to lack of government regulation. He explains the multiple cases where Chinese goods poisoned the consumer. A recent example would be the excessive lead found in toys sent to the United States from China, which poisoned many children. I believe this is a subject companies should be aware of, as if they only think where we can produce our product the cheapest, they might end up with lawsuits and bad publicity, eroding the savings produced. In all, the book seems interesting so far.

  37. Edward Barrett

    I am finding it interesting to realize exactly how much China is expanding. Also, it stiffles me how cheap labor is in comparison to the US. China’s new ability to harness technology and an expanding market will sure help it continue its dominance in the export market. I got off to a slow start reading the book, but I think his style of writing is somewhat interesting. I look forward to getting further into the book and see more arguments be presented and developed.

  38. Tamara Pitter

    This books ties into a book of mine called Behold a Pale Horse by William Cooper. Where Cooper prophises the upcoming downfall of not only the US but the world. If we are not careful/ wise to the actions we’re taking.
    (Back to the Book)
    So far this book has been REALLY interesting. At this point, I’ve read the introduction and chapters 1 – 4. These beginning chapters address several issues that Navarro investigates, showing how China’s role in international commerce is creating conflicts with nations around the world over energy, natural resources, the environment, intellectual property, and other issues, creating an uneven competition for international business.
    Navarro’s concerns fall along eight policy areas he terms “China wars”. Respectively, these are piracy, drugs, pollution, oil, Chinese imperialism, water supply, social unrest, and demographics.
    Some of the issues Navarro has started to investigate, as I start to read have been practices that allow Chinese manufacturers to produce way inexpensive goods than the rest of the world and the issues with Chinese manufacturers bootlegging goods.

  39. Moshe Levy

    Reading through the first few chapters, I am completely fascinated with how much I was not aware of when it comes to China’s manufacturing power. Since I’m very skeptic overall, I’ve found myself searching through the internet looking to validate some of the data. Unfortunately, I was able to find quite a bit of information to back Navarro’s “facts”.

    The picture drawn by Navarro almost seems like China is some fictional futuristic place where all the goods in the world are being produced. Insanely, this is not far from reality. Although I think that the “nuclear financial option” Navarro produces early in the book is very much an exaggeration that will never manifest itself (the Chinese would just shoot themselves in the foot), I cannot wait to read the implications of some of the other Chinese practices in the coming chapters.

  40. The Coming China Wars, starts off with an explanation of why the author choose to expand and elaborate on the last edition. Although this book was last published in 2008 it is very relevant. We are currently hearing a lot about the importance China will play in the business world of the future. Fortune had an article on China a few months back that discuss some of the same issues that Peter Navarro is planning to address later in his book. I find that the book makes China sound like a coming evil. I know that sweat shops and poor working conditions exists in China, but is that how it is everywhere? Are sweat shops and poor quality products the rule rather than the exception? The book brings up many issues about Chinese practices and advantages that I was previously unaware of but I am skeptical as to if the situation is as dire as Navarro makes it sound. But then again I am not an economist for a reason… So far I think it is a good read and am interested to see how the rest of the book develops.

  41. Andrea Cuvellier

    The book The Coming China Wars is extremely enlightening. The first couple of chapters discusses how China business/political practices are creating conflict with many other nations. China is creating tension for international business by such practices at piracy, drug creation, and by having no consideration of intellectual property laws. The Chinese also produce their goods at much lower prices compared to the rest of the world, therefore making their products, the products of choice in many nations especially developing and poorer countries.

    In the book there are eight areas of concern: piracy, drugs, pollution, oil, Chinese imperialism, water supply, social unrest, and demographics.
    I am extremely interested in reading this book and l am looking forward to reading more about Navarro’s concern of these eight areas.

  42. Brian Torres

    The “Coming China Wars” starts out by explaining how China has expanded at such a rapid pace, and is becoming/already is a huge powerhouse. Because China has such a powerful influence on the world, their actions affect several others. An issue Peter Navarro mentions is that the Chinese currency is purposely made to be lower than the U.S. dollar in order to make sure that China’s prices will be cheaper than its competitors. China takes natural resources away from other countries through unethical means causing death and harm to many. They also provide ridiculously cheap labor and laborers create counterfeit items in order to save on costs but this puts people’s lives at harm. These two factors cause problems for other nations who cannot compete with China’s low costs in production. Peter Navarro explains how these acts are hurting other nations and leaving them very susceptible to China. This book is opening my eyes to many things and I like the way the book is written. Navarro keeps things interesting and uses vivid examples to get his point across.

  43. Latoya Jn. Baptiste

    So far the book seems to be really eye opening. After reading a bit of the book, I’ve realized the power that the Chinese economy has on many different countries.
    It seems really interesting that in a haste to produce goods at a cheaper price, more and more citizens are experiencing harsh working conditions. The entire process is a trickle down effect. The more nations pressure Chinese markets to offer lower prices goods means less profit for the company which leads to poor working conditions and underpaid workers which eventually leads to increase in the number of defected goods.
    All of these factors should encourage the government to step up some type of standard to prevent things like that from happening, but that has yet to happen. I look forward to reading more about their economy and how even the little things can effect people from all over the world.

  44. Richard Lee

    The book “The Coming China Wars” portrays the rapidly-expanding business world in China. I was always aware that China had a manufacturing power, but I was shocked by the abundance and enormity of it in the book. Amongst, the many reasons why other companies are moving their plants into China goes beyond the low manufacturing costs in China. Navarro emphasizes that there are other countries for other companies to enter if they wanted to purely for low plant costs. I am dumbfounded why China is still a third-world country since most people there are well-educated. The educated workers are more effective in the workplace and are more efficient in productions lines. This is evident because the Chinese workers make more goods per hour than in other third world countries. China’s efficient plants keep down costs for companies primarily because of the increased productivity. A major issue in China’s manufacturing plants is the bootlegging of goods. This is very controversial as it is one of the contributing factors in how China’s is expanding its market. I am very interested in this book and will see how the Chinese market has a trickle down effect to the rest of the world.

  45. Michael Hyman

    Peter Navarro appears to have written “The Coming China Wars” for no reason other than to vent his frustrations and dislikes for the way the Chinese handle their affairs. This book is so heavily littered in biased it becomes difficult to take his points seriously despite his continued references to esteemed sources such as Business Week and The New York Times. He continually uses an authoritative argument to try and persuade the reader that China’s trading tactics are unfair and illegal, but offers no real insight as to what is unfair about them other than the fact that America is losing the trade war.

    While I am still early on in the book and have not given Mr. Navarro a fair opportunity to defend his case against Chinese labor and business practices, the way he is beginning his argument seems to be stemmed more from anger and less from an intellectual query about Chinese policy. His claims of illegality are simply foolish because there is no effective governing body to stop illegal trade (I’m sure the WTO is not about to take China to task about whatever dubious practices they may enact) and no country is about to take a stance against China by enacting an embargo. Therefore, for all intents and purposes, everything that China chooses to do is legal and in good practice. If countries were really so appalled by China’s unethical practices, they could elect not to trade with them. Seeing as to how thats not the case, I suggest people such as Mr. Navarro stop complaining about why its wrong and begin to propose solutions as to how to solve it. Perhaps Navarro does begin to offer more than an unfounded rant by the middle of his book, but as it stands right now I am uninterested on his personal views about ethics in trading practice.

  46. Prerna Soni

    Thus far, the Coming China Wars has proved to be interesting, if not some what excessive in its claims. Peter Navarro presents some very plausible situations associated with China rocketing ahead in the world economy. However, what I really don’t like is that everything is presented in such poor light. While Navarro is correct in his claims, especially as far as resources, etc are concerned, I don’t think it’s fair to attack China for doing exactly what the US has been doing for the past one hundred years. I think it has finally become the situation in which the US is no longer going to be the dominant super-power in the world, and it definately is a scary thought. However, focusing on China’s flaws is not the answer to the problem. What is most important to remember is that China is doing exactly what the US did during the Industrial Revolution, as far as working conditions, etc are concerned. I have always believed that hipocracy runs deep within US thought. I am interested to see how Navarro justifies his initial claims and positions.

  47. Kevin Cheng

    The Coming China Wars has been a very opinionated book, with Peter Navarro’s predispositions and paranoia serving a major portion of his rationale. In the preface alone, he provides various scenarios in which Chinese products cause some sort of ridiculous disaster/calamity, which has summed up his worst-case scenario approach in writing the book. I personally believe many of the issues he brings up are not limited to China, such as resource consumption and globalization. I do agree with him on his views of rampant piracy throughout China though. However, I am eager to see if Navarro will address social progress/evolution in China and the effects that may have on everything he is addressing because I don’t believe everything will run linearly as he posits.

  48. Jane Aldridge

    As of Chapter 4 – The “Blood and Nukes for Oil”, I’m a bit confused about what Peter Navarro’s overall point will be. Perhaps I’m confused because I haven’t read many non-fiction business books, but I have read non-fiction books such as Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma. The difference between The Omnivore’s Dilemma and The Coming China Wars, and thus, what my issue with this book is, that the former presents an argument – the way America delivers food to it’s citizens is robed in secrecy and littered with dangers – and fleshes it out with a story. Peter Navarro’s argument that China presents not only a huge threat to the world, and most directly to America, but also poses a great danger to all human beings, isn’t supported by a story. It’s supported by short paragraphs of China’s grievances.

  49. Richard Lee

    2nd entry
    I am surprised by how much the author persists to display his biased portrayal of China’s economic problems. The Coming China Wars stresses too many negative outcomes regarding the impact China has on world growth. Navarro mentions how piracy provides jobs and decreases the unemployment rate and helps spur the economy. Navarro does not try to be objective in this book and does not seem to suggest any solutions so far. The impact to the world economy that China poses is a very serious subject and cannot be overlooked. The growing power of China’s economy and rapid growth should not be ignored. However, I think Navarro exaggerates many of his points throughout the novel. He does this by stating very unrealistic examples that would occur in the most unavoidable scenarios. However, I do respect his biased point of view despite his over-dramatizations and methods he uses to scare readers how China is becoming a dominant force in the world economy. Authors have to have their own set of views and Navarro is a strong example of that. If he didn’t have such an obstinate view, there would be less people to think of other views and refute his points of view.

  50. Gregory McGuire

    Since my last post I have read a lot on the counterfeiting Chinese companies engage in. This counterfeiting ranges from simple items to major items such as whole cars. For example one Chinese company counterfeited a Mercedes. Going beyond the negative effects this has on the company being counterfeited Peter Navarro explains the dangers from these goods, as a lot of these pirated goods are dangerous and can harm the consumer. An example he points out in the book is a counterfeited Zippo lighter that blows up in the consumers face. One last interested point I read was on whistle blowers, which in class we discussed how in our culture they are not rewarded. In China however, not only are they not rewarded they are often beaten and thrown in jail. In all from what I read so far it seems like the Chinese companies and the Chinese government are mostly only concerned with making an extra dollar in profit at the expense of poisoning its western customers.

  51. Martin Nowak

    First couple of chapters in Peter Navarro’s book shows the “unfair” advantages of China practices. Third chapter provides detailed overview of how Chinese producer’s desire to cash on trust of foreign partners plays out. I was surprised by the practices of Chinese subcontractors called Bait-and-switch, in which Chinese partners gain trust in beginning of business relationship and as soon as quality control is placed on them they switch to cheaper, potential harmful parts. Furthermore, I was disappointed by the fact that such an action bears minimum punishment on part of Chinese entrepreneurs-subcontractors. Reason as we learn from this book is that all the responsibility and penalties bear the business brand of foreign producer in form of their brand name suffers. For example, the case of harmful glue in Matel’s toys. Furthermore, Navarro points out the need of China for fossil fuels and the way China obtains oil, coal, and other natural resources. Main issue according to Navarro is that China deals with undemocratic governments and military groups that massacre people just to stay in power with Chinese guns. Chinese guns were exchanged for oil, coal or any other natural resource. Furthermore, China as part of United Nations can veto any plan that would benefit the common people of such countries ruled by militias and dictators. Navarro explains that China uses the power of veto in trade with such governments.

    All these previous chapters deal primarily with the unfair actions by Chinese government to create “unfair” market advantage for Chinese producers, this in turn benefit the Chinese economy. Chapters 6 and 7 however, state the costs of such plans. The problem with cost is that it is not covered by China alone, as explained by Navarro China is one of the major polluter worldwide. Sand storms, global warming, acid rains and other disasters are worldwide, therefore spreading the cost of Chinese policy across everybody. Navarro finds this very unfair.

  52. Moshe Levy

    For my second post on The Coming China Wars I will try to point out some things that Navarro could have done better. For one, it is hard to avoid the notion that the book may be trying to impose it’s Western attitude on the reader. Even if one agrees democracy is a better alternative than communism,it may have been wiser on the part of the auther to convey his ideas in a less imperialistic fashion; especially when trying to call out China on it’s own imperial practices. In addition, I think that it wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to suggest that the publishing of the book was supported by the U.S government. After all, the book clearly tries to convince the reader (many times the Chinese reader) that major catastrophes are coming. Frankly, and I’m on Navarro’s side anyway, I think he is blatantly exaggerating on his predictions if not also with his data. It’s a legitimate course of action – scaring the reader to point of trying to influence some sort of conceptual change – but in my opinion the author simply comes off as a one sided person who knows not much more than Western ways.

  53. Brian Torres

    Peter Navarro is biased and even a little exaggerated when it comes to this book. He is constantly providing examples of the negative consequences that can, and probably will occur due to China’s lack of a democracy. Though I agree with the points he makes, it seems like he finds the most outlandish examples to prove his point. Not only does he present a multitude of problems, but he never poses a solution for any of them. Maybe towards the end of this book he’ll tie it all together with some answers on how to save the world, but I doubt it. As much as it may seem exaggerated and outlandish, I do enjoy reading his biased point of view. He uses these methods to try and get his point across to readers that these are situations that frequently occur and we need to watch out for China as they continue to grow and dominate the markets. This makes for a good read, and I’m enjoying it very much.

  54. Prerna Soni

    I just finished The Coming China Wars and I really enjoyed it a lot. Navarro definitely employs a scare tactic methodology in getting his point across, and I have to admit, it works! When I originally started the book I was cautious and even doubtful of what he was presenting because of his extremist attitude, but after reading example after example of the manipulation of the Chinese government, and more importantly, the way it affects our lives, I began to take it more seriously. I still think everything Navarro presented needs to be taken with a grain of salt, but it definitely makes one question our livelihood. as American consumers. Now, every time I take aspirin I think about China’s drug counter-fitting industry. However, I think I would research Navarro’s claims further before making any definite conclusions.
    Aside from any plausible inaccuracies with the claims made about China’s political/economical climate, I am most interested in China’s methods of securing raw materials, especially through the use of political corruption. For example, Navarro puts forth that China has bartered for exclusivity of natural goods with votes in the UN, an act that really appalls me. I am planning on investigating these notions further to extract the extent to which they are accurate.

  55. Richard Lee

    3rd entry

    Navarro sums up the novel with China’s unfair government regulations, China’s GPS system, its production of anti-satellite weapons, and China’s growing army. Navarro concludes the novel with solutions that would work with how to combat the cheating China Price, the piracy and counterfeiting, unfair trade practices, currency manipulation, China’s weakly regulated trade policy, slave labor, and the list goes on… I think his solutions are feasible to a certain extent but I don’t think that enough consumer support against purchasing Chinese products will have a huge effect with China and its unfair practices. This is because I believe that we, as Americans are sadly ignorant as the U.S. has raised us to be. Americans will continue buying Chinese products regardless of knowing that the products are being manufactured by slave laborers because the consumers will love the “China prices.” IMO, the government has the only say in this situation. The WTO can force China indirectly to enforce their regulations and trade policies etc. so they can’t have trade deficits with countries. I really enjoyed this novel and I will encourage other students to read it.

  56. Moshe Levy

    Although exposing the many explicit and implicit Chinese practices is important in itself, I am personally slightly more assured by Navarro’s finale of The Coming China Wars; the recommendations chapter really puts Navarro as part of the solution and not just part of the problem.
    Yet, prior to that final chapter, Navarro had me doubting his every word in chapters 10 and 11 concerning alleged military, space, and other belligerent Chinese agendas. In spite of showing knowledge in military strategy and technology, Navarro drifts into the realm of geopolitics and military intelligence using mere scare tactics and amateur assumptions a little too much. Throughout Chapters 10 and 11 the book certainly does not give the impression of an economic analysis of business globalization. The only thing that ties business to the alleged military agendas of China is their use of Navarro’s “Wall Mart dollars” to finance these military operations. Furthermore, if one was to try to read these chapters from an objective point of view it would seem more than reasonable for China to develop for example ground based lasers to blind U.S. spy satellites, or for China to attempt to develop their own GPS even though U.S. GPS is free; I mean there is probably no army in the world that doesn’t have its own secondary alternatives for U.S. GPS in the event the United States pulls the plug.
    Nevertheless, Navarro regroups well in the final chapter as he brings all of his major concerns and suggestions together to form a fairly solid case against China’s ill-practices.

  57. Gregory McGuire

    Finishing up the book I have read some interesting things. One thing I took notice at is how U.S based companies operate in China, often doing things which we would despise of in the United States. For example with the help of Cisco systems the Chinese government built the so called Great firewall of China. What this basically does is blocks out web searches that the Government does not want it people reading about such as democracy and free Tibet. In one case a lady named Shi Tao sent an email from the government to a pro-democracy group. Yahoo than exposed this person to the Chinese government which lead Tao to be sentenced to prison for ten years. The book also finishes up by explaining the growing Chinese military threat and how they tested an advanced satellite kill missile, which in time of war could disable American satellites. In all, this book although a little bias was a good read, showing the reader the interworking of china which would be good to know if operating a business in China.

  58. Sean Galloway April Extra credit entry

    Well I started reading “Why Iceland” back in February. Fast forward a few weeks later and I just couldn’t bring myself to pick the book back up. I think it was a combination of the material being dry, uncontroversial and not really hitting that close to home. Therefore a few weeks ago I went out and purchased “The coming China wars” I figured a book that that I felt may affect my future may peak my interest more and come to find out I was right!

    “The coming China War’s” is a much more interesting read. I’m now about half way through and hope to have it finished tomorrow evening. So far the book as gone into great detail with regards to why companies have found outsourcing their work to China to be so lucrative. I always understood that China labor was so cheap but I never thought of their labor being both cheap and well educated. The book takes a very interesting stance in stating that companies would go to places with even cheaper labor like Africa if it made financial sense but instead go to China because the labor is “cheaper” and the workforce is more efficient and better educated.

    Well, I’m off to work now for the rest of evening but like I mentioned before I hope to finish the book tomorrow and then write the report on Sunday. It’s officially the only thing left that stands between me and graduating 🙂

  59. Prerna Soni

    While writing my paper for this book I was able to dig deeper into what Navarro is saying and the claims he’s making. I definitely feel like he’s trying to instill fear among Americans in hopes to create some positive action in an increasingly global economic climate. The themes in “The Coming China Wars” really go hand in hand with what we just finished discussing in class regarding globalization and the effects on developed and developing nations. China is a perfect example of both sides of the globalization story: Navarro is effective in illustrating not only how China is reaping reward after reward while American consumers and corporations are suffering.

    Whether or not this book will have Navarro’s desire effects is subjective: even if people take notice to the situation, acting upon his words of caution is a completely different story. This is even true from a personal standpoint; I am completely shocked by what Navarro discusses in this book – not only is it an eyeopener, but it’s pretty interesting too. In fact, I think I’ve already discussed the book in some regard with my most of friends. However, when it comes down to it, I will continue to shop at Walmart and buy Chinese products, despite knowing the potential economic pitfalls. I am, afterall, a college student who has to stretch every penny. I feel like a lot of Americans would feel similarly, and that’s where the problem lies. Until actions are taken at higher levels (i.e. national government), individual initiation of action might be stagnant. Hopefully once the US government and large corporations take strong actions against China’s impending monopoly, similar sentiment and action will trickle down to the common man.

  60. Martin Nowak

    Third post: Author stresses out under what conditions common Chinese live in today China. Navarro further explains, that people in Chinese society of corrupted public officials, who are responsible for brutal attacks on variety of religious groups and political opposition as well as people with HIV possitive, live in constant supervision by the Chinese big brother. Furthermore, author points out the undemocratic system in which government has an absolute power and controls everything. Measures of how to keep communist government in power include censorring important data from magazines and newspapers, as well as implementation of firewall which is censoring the internet content, brutal police and military personel capable of anything and fear. Author mentions that U.S would be totally different today if we had a communist government.
    Otherwise, author states other factors that make China world superpower and huge treat to rest of the world.

  61. Coming China Wars is an interesting book but it is making me a little wary of the “Made in China” epidemic. Almost everything in the USA is made in china. I bet most people don’t really understand the implications of importing more than we export. The Made in China label is so common that I often relish finding something made in the USA because it’s such a rarity. This book reminds me a bit of the movie The Corporation. Both The Corporation, and The Coming China Wars highlight the inadequate working conditions and exploitive wages being paid to indigenous people. From our class discussion on globalization it is clear that Navarro is a critic of globalization, but in the end can you blame him? I have been doing some research on the other side of the story, but I am hard pressed to find anything of substance that puts large multinational corporations on a pedestal. Either I need a research librarian or the media just likes to dish the dirt.

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