The Coming China Wars, by Peter Navarro
Review by W. J. Rayment / ConservativeBookstore -- Before World War II, Winston Churchill raised the hue and cry over the dangers of the extreme leftist - Nazi Germany. He pointed out how it was antithetical to freedom and how its leaders were bent on a war of aggression. The leaders of the liberal government in Great Britain and other places chose to ignore him, waving worthless pieces of paper in the air and calling them "peace in our time". It was not long before Churchill was proven correct and Nazi Germany, aided and abetted by the Soviets, exploded into Poland to begin their bid to conquer the world. Well, there is another force in this world that employs slave labor, practices political and economic aggrandizement, and has already exploded upon the world...China.
Peter Navarro, in his book "The Coming China Wars: Where They Will Be Fought, How They Can Be Won - Revised and Expanded Edition", is raising the hue and cry. His warnings are spelled out in clear prose and backed by hard evidence, sound logic, and the appearance of billions of tiny labels floating around America spelling out "Made In China".
There is little doubt that there is a concerted effort by the Chinese government and its industries to become the workshop of the world, making the bulk of mass-produced items. They are also working hard to take control of the world's natural resources through economic imperialism in order to stifle competition. President Clinton in his own musings on the subject enunciated the U.S. free trade rationale for allowing this to happen. He felt that by allowing the Chinese to become an economic powerhouse that they would be more likely to view their market and trading partners in a benign fashion. Mitigating the possibility for a military conflict in the future.
It is true that nations that practice free trade have traditionally been more peace-loving. But it is also true that these nations have also had a true republican or parliamentary form of government with multi-party systems. This is not the case with China, where, as Mr. Navarro points out, economic control is merely an extension of a very nationalistic, totalitarian, Chinese strategy to dominate their region and perhaps ultimately, the world.
If all this sounds rather alarmist, it may well be. However, viewing current trends of Chinese domination of world production, control of resources in third world nations, and its increasingly bellicose stances, and growing military power, we can see that at least some alarm bells ought to be ringing. We have seen this kind of jingoism before and its inevitable result has been hot war. The Chinese are, in fact, practicing a form of economic warfare that is seriously undermining the rest of the world's manufacturing base. If the United States completely relinquishes heavy industry to the Chinese, what would happen if there should be a hot war and our first wave of tanks was destroyed. The Chinese could replace their weapons, the U.S. would be SOL (a fine military acronym for the occasion).
Well, I have ranted long enough. It is easy to see that this book has gotten me in a lather. (Raising hue and cry has ever been a vigorous exercise.) Mr. Navarro, in "The Coming China Wars", not only spells out the dangers, but as the title implies, spells out some of the answers, including clamping down on unfair trade, clamping down on pirated and counterfeited products, imposing controls on food and drug imports to ensure quality, and a number of other political measures. This would at least help level the manufacturing playing field. Ensuring that production be spread across the world and not concentrated in the hands of a single country, ruled by a single political party.
With the Iraq situation settling down, the next war may not be against Muslim Terrorists, it may be with the strident Chinese, with their disdain for human rights, and their vigorous economic imperialism. To truly understand the coming struggle (well, its already here) and what can be done about it, READ THIS BOOK!
The Coming China Wars: Where They Will Be Fought, How They Can Be Won is available at Amazon.