Summary of The Coming China Wars
© 2007 by Pearson Education, Inc. Published by Financial Times
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For all the books that argue the business case for China, this one openly argues against it. Peter Navarro has pulled together many familiar charges and allegations to make the argument that China is a threat to the world. Although the book is less than even-handed (and, in fact, less than properly proofread), it is a worthwhile antidote to the many glowingly positive books recently published on the subject of the China miracle. The author presents a case that, notwithstanding its deliberately opinionated point of view, deserves consideration: China's miracle depends to a greater degree than many other authors have been willing to acknowledge on the theft of intellectual property, the ruthless exploitation of labor, drug trafficking, and violation of the norms of diplomatic good conduct (for example, supplying dictators with weapons of mass destruction). However, while acknowledging the positive role this book plays in balancing the debate, getAbstract suggests taking it with a grain of salt. Navarro himself says he has drawn information from anti-China propaganda organs and other sources with their own biases, so respect his caution in pointing that out.
In this summary, you will learn
- What opponents describe as the dirty side of the China story; and
- How China's rampant environmental pollution, exploitation of workers, drug trafficking, arms trading, piracy, counterfeiting and other ills contradict and threaten its global image.
About the Author
Peter Navarro is a professor at the Paul Merage School of Business in Irvine, Calif., and author of the investment book If It's Raining in Brazil, Buy Starbucks.