Coming China Wars, The: Where They Will Be Fought and How They Can Be Won, Revised and Expanded Edition

Financial Times
Peter Navarro  
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April 2008
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For years, China has served as the 'factory floor' for global production, driving down prices for consumers worldwide. But, unfortunately, China's rapid and chaotic industrialization has put it on a collision course with the rest of the world. The Coming China Wars was the first book to systematically cover all those conflicts: political, economic, and environmental. Now, in this new edition, Dr. Peter Navarro has thoroughly updated the entire book. You'll find new chapters on the danger posed by 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. The coming China Wars will be fought over everything from decent jobs, livable wages, and advanced technologies to strategic resources...and eventually to our most basic of all needs: bread, water, and air. Unless all nations immediately address these impending conflicts, the results may be catastrophic. Like the First Edition, this book demands that we think much more deeply about how to stop the coming China Wars, laying out hard choices that must be made sooner rather than later. This new edition offers even more policy recommendations, including original contributions from several of the world's most important China experts.


First book to reveal China's potentially catastrophic global impact, with new chapters and contributions from China experts


  • Extensive new coverage, including an all-new chapter on China's flood of defective products and contaminated food.
  • Up-to-the-minute coverage of China's dramatic military expansion and space program.
  • A new chapter on China's suppression of human rights, free speech, and cyber-suppression.



New to this Edition

Extensive new coverage, including an all-new chapter on China's flood of defective products and contaminated food, up-to-the-minute coverage of China's dramatic military expansion and space program, and a new chapter on China's suppression of human rights, free speech, and cyber-suppression.


Table of Contents

Author’s Comment on the Updated and Expanded Edition xi

Introduction to China’s “Butterfly Effect on Steroids” xv


Chapter 1: The Cheating 'China Price” and Weapons of Mass Production 1

Chapter 2: China’s Counterfeit Economy and Not-So-Swashbuckling Pirates 15

Chapter 3: “Made in China”–The Ultimate Warning Label 27

Chapter 4: The “Blood and Nukes for Oil” Wars–The Sum of All Chinese Fears 43

Chapter 5: The World’s Most Ironic Imperialist and Weapons of Mass Construction 59

Chapter 6: The Global Warming Wars–Killing Us (and Them) Softly with Their Coal 77

Chapter 7: The Damnable Dam and Water Wars–Nary a (Clean) Drop to Drink 93

Chapter 8: China’s Chaotic “Wars from Within”–The Dragon Comes Apart at the Seams 111

Chapter 9: Inside the World’s Biggest Prison with Yahoo! the Stool Pigeon and Comrade Orwell 127

Chapter 10: Red Army Rising–The Coming China Hot Wars 149

Chapter 11: Racing for the Ultimate Strategic High Ground–The Coming China Star Wars 165

Chapter 12: How to Fight and Win the Coming China Wars! 183


About the Author 207

Acknowledgments 209

Index 211


Back Cover

The Coming China Wars is a gripping, fact-filled account of the dark side of China’s rise that will be of interest to anyone interested in this complex and fascinating country. Navarro issues a call to arms for China and the rest of the world to act now to address the country’s mounting problems–pollution, public health, intellectual property piracy, resource scarcity, and more–or risk both serious instability within China and military conflict between China and other major powers.”

–Elizabeth C. Economy, Director for Asia Studies, Council on Foreign Relations


“In this comprehensive examination of China’s mushrooming economy, Navarro masterfully illuminates the dark sides of China’s great leaps into privatization and globalization.”

–Boston Globe


“…serves as an important touchstone for any prudent discussion regarding the implications to China’s growth. For those unfamiliar with China’s ecological disaster, natural-resource crisis or aging and soon to be inverted demographics, this book is a very good introduction.”

–Asia Times


“In this informative volume, Navarro explores China’s impact on the world and the perils it creates. This provocative and potentially controversial book will be of value to a wide audience. Summing up: Highly recommended”



The Coming China Wars has a wealth of fascinating information about the impact of China on the world and the perils it creates. Because of China’s great importance, this is a book we should all read.”

–D. Quinn Mills, Harvard Business School


“Peter Navarro has captured the breadth of areas where China and the United States have fundamental conflicts of business, economic, and strategic interests. He puts this into a global context demonstrating where China’s current development course can lead to conflict. His recommendations for nations to coalesce to respond to the challenges posed by China are practical. This book should be in the hands of every businessperson, economist, and policy-maker.”

–Dr. Larry M. Wortzel, Chairman, US-China Economic and Security Review Commission  |


The shocking worldwide best-seller on China’s rise to dominance...

Now 100% updated for the latest headlines and their implications...

Extensive new coverage, including


•China’s deadly exports...from poisonous drugs to killer toys

Will China “go nuclear” on U.S. financial markets?


•China’s provocative military buildup and secret Star Wars program

From Burma to Darfur: how China supports the world’s tyrants


•China’s growing internal human rights abuses and brutal subjugation of Tibet

Plus many new recommendations and positive solutions


In this Revised and Expanded edition of The Coming China Wars, Peter Navarro has thoroughly updated his bestselling book on the threats now posed by the dramatic rise of China as an economic and military superpower.


Discover how to protect yourself (or your business) from the defective and sometimes lethal products pouring out of China’s China’s enormous trade surplus threatens to “nuke” the U.S. China’s accelerating military buildup and secret Star Wars program is sharply tipping the global strategic China’s ”blood for oil” imperialism is devastating Africa and throwing kerosene on the Middle East powder China’s prodigious pollution kills close to a million Chinese a year while riding the jet stream to darken U.S. skies...and, perhaps most terrifying of all, how this nuclear superpower may be spiraling toward internal chaos.


With extensive new coverage, this book analyzes all of today’s “China Wars”: economic, military, enviro


Peter Navarro is a business professor at the University of California-Irvine and author of the bestselling investment book If It’s Raining in Brazil, Buy Starbucks and the path-breaking management book The Well-Timed Strategy.

    Professor Navarro is a widely sought-after and gifted public speaker and a regular CNBC contributor. Before joining CNBC, he appeared frequently on Bloomberg TV and radio, CNN, and NPR, as well as on all three major network news shows.

    Professor Navarro’s unique and internationally recognized expertise lies in his “big picture” application of a highly sophisticated but easily accessible macroeconomic analysis of the business environment and financial markets for consumers, investors, and corporate executives. His articles have appeared in a wide range of publications, from Business Week, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal to the Harvard Business Review, the Sloan Management Review, and the Journal of Business.

    Professor Navarro’s free weekly investment newsletter is published at His video series, The China Effect, appears on YouTube at


Reader Review(s)

"Peter Navarro is that rarest and most valuable of China-watchers -- an economist who sees the big strategic picture as well. The Coming China Wars contains the kind of realistic analysis needed by all Americans today, from voters to presidential candidates."- Alan Tonelson