The Coming China Wars

I recently finished reading Peter Navarro’s new book, The Coming China Wars: Where They Will be Fought, How The Can Be Won.

The purpose of this book is to warn that unless strong actions are taken now both by China and the rest of the world, The Coming China Wars are destined to be fought over everything from decent jobs, livable wages, and leading-edge technologies to strategic resources such as oil, copper, and steel, and eventually to our most basic of all needs–bread, water, and air.

To achieve his purpose, Navarro explains and examines how various Chinese policies affect its people and government and those of the rest of the world. For example, the book is replete with examples of how China’s government has set-up uneven economic playing fields domestically and globally through currency manipulation, protectionism, worker mistreatment, lax regulation–if any at all–and ignoring product piracy within its borders (80% of pirate products seized at U.S. borders come from China). Such practices have fueled China’s economic growth at an unsustainable pace, according to Navarro. Throw in a growing appetite for natural resources, both its own and those of other countries, and China is a ravenous beast not easily sated. Its economic needs affect its judgment as the pressure to maintain the rate of economic growth encourages the maintenance of the same unfair and immoral practices.
Given the way China operates within its own borders, it is no surprise to learn that it makes no moral ties to its economic needs abroad; looking the other way when dealing with dictators in Africa or Iran or North Korea for natural resources in exchange for weapons or help with infrastructure, which in turn helps China extract the aforementioned resources. Environmental issues are also not high on their list of priorities. 18 of the 20 smoggiest cities are in China and that so-called “chog” finds its way into the air of its Asian neighbors and the West Coast of North America. Then there is the disastrous treatment of the Chinese waterways: the Yellow River is often also blue, green or red; the three Gorges Damn is proving to be an environmental and health disaster. Recent coverage of the upcoming Beijing Olympics has revealed to the world such things as a particularly large algae bloom and Beijing’s poor air quality.
Their willingness to take environmental short-cuts buys them economic growth because such a lax atmosphere proves too tempting to foreign companies. Here, Navarro makes an important historical point:

There is both a danger and a paradox here that should not be lost on any student of Chinese history aware of the “foreign humiliation” that China was subjected to in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The danger is that these powerful foreign economic interests are overpowering the political will of the central government, thereby rendering it impossible for China to get a handle on its own pollution problems. The paradox is that as China’s Communist Party seeks to mold the country into a superpower, it is quickly losing control of its own destiny to powerful foreign economic interests.

Thus do foreign companies and countries (and their consumers) prop up Chinese economic practices. However, Navarro does suggest that such a climate is causing worker unrest upset over unpaid wages, revoked or reduced pensions and poor health. Then again, the Chinese government has also engaged in repression (Falun Gong, Tibet, Uighur), often with the implicit help of foreign companies (Yahoo! is singled out). This belligerence is also turning outward as China is amidst a dramatic military buildup with the apparent goal of power projection around the world and even into outer space. (An aside: this was the first time I’d heard that the moon may have rich deposits of Helium 3, a rare isotope that scientists believe could help with nuclear fusion.)
So what should we do about all of this? Navarro’s concluding chapter offers some suggestions to both governments and to we the people. Focusing on his prescriptions for the individual, Navarro explains that we haven’t really, truly been paying attention because of “the narcotic effect that cheap Chinese goods have had on us” or we’ve been more worried about the Middle East. Or, perhaps most importantly, there “is a general lack of awareness of the far-ranging implications of a world increasingly ‘Made in China.'” As to this last, The Coming China Wars is a quick and succinct way to get up to speed. Cheap goods are good for the American consumer, but not if they are produced on playing field tilted as dramatically as portrayed by Navarro.
Note: Original version posted at Spinning Clio.

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Citizen Critic
Citizen Critic
13 years ago

Thanks to Bill Clinton, Chinese nuclear warheads are targeting US cities… using stolen US technology.
Bill Clinton got campaign donations; Loral Aerospace got a very controversial export license waiver for sensitive ballistic missile technology.
You can search Google for more info by Googling this:
+chinagate +loral
Or, read here:
http://archive.newsmax.com/archives/articles/2003/5/26/214938.shtml
http://users.aol.com/patriot888/jwrico.txt

OldTimeLefty
13 years ago

Chingate is also Spanish slang for F##k yourself.
OTL

EMT
EMT
13 years ago

Thanks for your thoughtful contribution as usual, OTL.
Reason #465 why wringing your hands over your personal carbon footprint is pointless: China averages as many as two new coal-fired electric plants every week. Think they subscribe to EPA standards? Not on your life.

Monique
Editor
13 years ago

EMT – And as someone pointed out on another comment thread, India, at a billion people but not fully developed, has announced that it has no intention of curbing its CO2 or in any way conforming to Kyoto.
With the accelerating CO2 curve of China and India alone, if the United States stopped ALL CO2 output – if everything came to a grinding halt and we were to retire indefinitely to our dark, cold (or hot) houses – it would have little to no impact on global warming. (If man is even the cause; now a dubious proposition at best.)

EMT
EMT
13 years ago

Yet we’re supposed to “set an example,” and therefore “bring developing nations into the fold.”
Right. India and China are going to do what’s good for their economies and not a thing more. What we do is of no concern to them. They have literally billions of people to worry about- Al Gore’s burning desire for immortality means nothing.

citizen
citizen
13 years ago

China is totally amoral and technically Communist, which makes you wonder why our government and corporate “capitalist” elites are so eager to do business with those who would logically be our adversaries.
What common ground could a supposedly “freedom” loving USA find with a slave labor utilizing Communist China?
A New World Order One World Government of financial, military and governmental elites ruling over the rest of us in eternal serfdom, that’s what… or so they plan.
“All it takes for evil to triumph, is for good men and women to do nothing.”

S.K. Johnson
S.K. Johnson
13 years ago

Put the pieces together. China is funding those who distract us from realizing their growth and the dangers of that growth. As we have been distracted, China has invested in developing nations that we used to invest in when we had the time and resources to do so (pre-9/11 for example). As that happens, China will soon have no need for the American consumer.
Now, China is developing militarily for a conflict with us.
Some of their military leaders are quoted as saying, “We know that our survival depends on eliminating the United States”
China and Russia together have been funding Al-Qaeda and supplying them with weapons, and training some of their top leaders (Al-Zawahiri was trained in a KGB camp near Moscow).
Anatoliy Golitsyn, a KGB defector predicted these developments, and other recent world events, in his books ‘New Lies for Old’ and ‘The Perestroika Deception’. If you look, you can find PDFs of these books. The same old enemies of the Cold War have been working underground and are affecting the policies of Russia and China (it was the plan all along). Read these books, the fact that they were published before many current events they predicted are more than enough to confirm their validity!

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