- Donald E. Hester
China's Imperial Ambitions: The Looming Threat of Economic, Environmental, and Social Conflicts
In his book, "The Coming China Wars," Peter Navarro describes the various conflicts that China may face in the near future, including economic, environmental, and social issues. Navarro goes over how China has become everything communism was against in the first place, mainly the exploitation of the peasant or working class.
According to Navarro, China's rapid industrialization and unsustainable economy may lead to several potential conflicts with the rest of the world. For example, China's reliance on piracy to mass-produce goods could lead to disputes over intellectual property rights. Additionally, China's support of Iran for access to oil fields and disregard for environmental impacts may lead to global environmental disasters.
The book outlines eight distinct conflicts that are all tied to China's unsustainable economy, which demands a yearly growth rate of 10%. This has led China to adopt imperialist policies, exploiting the rest of the world for its own gain.
1. Piracy: China engages in piracy to produce counterfeit products, including DVDs, pharmaceuticals, cars, and electronics. This practice stems from China's communist/Taoist ideology, which rejects individual ownership of intellectual property and views all resources as communal. This is closely linked to China's reputation as the world's primary hub for mass production. Peter Navarro dubs this practice as China's "weapons of mass production."
2. Drugs: China holds the title of being the world's largest manufacturer of illegal drugs and precursor chemicals. The trade is backed by Triad gangs, and corrupt politicians often ignore the issue, either out of fear or for monetary gain.
3. Environmental Destruction: China's rapid economic growth has come at a significant cost to the environment. As of now, China is already the world's largest emitter of greenhouse gases, and this is expected to continue in the next decade. The country is also struggling with air, water, and soil pollution, which is causing significant health problems for its citizens. The government has acknowledged these issues and has launched a number of initiatives to combat pollution, but they have yet to make a significant impact. Unless more aggressive measures are taken to address this problem, China's continued economic growth will likely come at the expense of the environment and public health.
4. Blood for Oil. China supports Iran to gain access to its oil fields in exchange for diplomatic support. However, China's support for Iran is controversial due to Iran's support for terrorist organizations and human rights abuses. China has also used its power of veto in the United Nations to prevent sanctions against Iran. Additionally, China's treatment of Muslim minorities in Western China, such as the Uighurs, has been condemned by the international community.
5. Imperialism at it's best. China's approach to imperialism is based purely on business interests without ethical constraints. The Chinese government supports any country and government that can provide access to natural resources. With its "business only" motto, China enters third-world countries and offers monetary benefits to officials, builds infrastructure, and uses its power of veto in the UN to prevent any sanctions against these countries. Once China has depleted their natural resources, they abandon these countries without any consideration.
6. Dam-Happy attitude. China's approach to building mega-dams is characterized by a disregard for environmental impact, the welfare of affected populations, and even the geological risks of constructing on fault lines. Despite the potential dangers, China continues to pursue this dam-building strategy with a "dam-happy" attitude.
7. Internal Wars. The human rights violations in China have led to a serious internal crisis. With more than 100,000 protests annually, the Chinese people are increasingly disillusioned with their corrupt government. Negligence towards safety in factories has resulted in millions of injuries each year, causing resentment to fester among workers.
8. Pension ticking time bomb. China faces a bigger retirement problem than the US and Europe as it prepares for the retirement of baby boomer-age adults. Unlike in the past, many of China's citizens rely on the now defunct "Iron Rice Bowl" social security program, with nothing to replace it.
Overall, "The Coming China Wars" is a warning about the potential conflicts that may arise from China's rapid development and exploitation of resources, both domestically and globally.
China's breakneck industrialization is placing it on a collision course with the entire world. Tomorrow's China Wars will be fought over everything from decent jobs, livable wages, and leading-edge technologies to strategic resources such as oil, copper, and steel, even food, water, and air. In The Coming China Wars, best-selling author Peter Navarro previews all these potential conflicts, and reveals the urgent, radical decisions that must be made to avoid catastrophe. You'll learn how China's thirst for oil is driving nuclear proliferation in Iran, genocide in the Sudan, even Japan's remilitarization. You'll discover China's shocking role in the drug trade and how its reborn flesh trade may help trigger tomorrow's worst AIDS crisis. Navarro also reveals how China has become the world's most ruthless imperialist; how it is promoting global environmental disaster; and, perhaps most terrifying of all, how this nuclear superpower and pirate nation may be spiraling toward internal chaos. The threat is real. We all must come to understand it and then act! Start here and now by arming yourself with the information and insights of The Coming China Wars.