Will there be war with China?
What China’s Militarism Means for the World
Crouching Tiger: What China’s Militarism Means for the World candidly assesses the most important question of our nuclear-tipped times: Will there be war with China.
This question may well be determined by who wins the White House in 2017 and what policies America’s new Commander in Chief adopts. That’s why China’s military rise is destined to be one of the top issues of the 2016 presidential campaign.
This book provides the most complete and accurate assessment of the probability of conflict between the United States and the rising Asian superpower. Equally important, it lays out an in-depth analysis of the possible pathways to peace. Written like a geopolitical detective story, the narrative encourages reader interaction by starting each chapter with an intriguing question that often challenge conventional wisdom. Based on interviews with more than thirty top experts, the author highlights a number of disturbing facts about China’s recent military buildup and the shifting balance of power in Asia: the Chinese are deploying game-changing “carrier killer” ballistic missiles; some of America’s supposed allies in Europe and Asia are selling highly lethal weapons systems to China in a perverse twist on globalization; and, on the U.S. side, debilitating cutbacks in the military budget send a message to the world that America is not serious about its “pivot to Asia.” In the face of these threatening developments, the book stresses the importance of maintaining US military strength and preparedness and strengthening alliances, while warning against a complacent optimism that relies on economic engagement, negotiations, and nuclear deterrence to ensure peace. With a Foreword by noted author and analyst Gordon Chang, this book is accessible to readers from all walks of life. It is a multidisciplinary work that blends geopolitics, economics, history, international relations, military doctrine, and political science to provide a better understanding of one of the most vexing problems facing the world.
“Provocative, chilling, and never more timely, Peter Navarro cleverly details America’s single greatest foreign-policy challenge today: that of a rising China. From brewing tensions in the East and South China Seas and frightening moves in the all-so-stealthy cyberarena, to Beijing’s development of specific weapons platforms that challenge Washington’s ability to respond to a crisis in Asia, Navarro spells out in one easy-to-read volume all you need to know when it comes to China’s provocative challenge to the status quo. It is a must read.”
—Harry J. Kazianis, executive editor, National Interest, and senior fellow for defense policy, Center for the National Interest
“Crouching Tiger brings a rare, balanced, and brilliant perspective to the most formidable strategic challenge facing America—how to manage Beijing’s attempt to create a ‘new Chinese order.’ Navarro’s fact-based analysis strips bare this troubling issue even as he brings in the most eminent scholars in the field to offer a way forward. At stake are the principles that have stabilized Asia and guided world development for more than half a century.”
—Stefan Halper, director of American Studies, University of Cambridge, and author of The Beijing Consensus: Legitimizing Authoritarianism in Our Time
“Navarro makes a compelling case that trouble lies ahead in Asia, mainly because China is going to attempt to dominate that region the way the United States dominates the Western Hemisphere. China, in other words, is going to imitate Uncle Sam. Crouching Tiger is not only clearly and concisely written, but it also addresses almost every issue related to the question of whether China can rise peacefully. And that includes the counterarguments to Navarro’s position. This book is ideally suited for a wide audience.”
—John J. Mearsheimer, R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science, University of Chicago
“Finally, a book that vividly illustrates how China’s relentless mercantilist attack on America’s industrial and technological bases is not just costing us millions of good-paying jobs, it also now threatens our very national security. The author’s compelling blueprint for a far-ranging national response to this mercantilist attack should be required reading.”
—Pat Mulloy, former commissioner, US-China Economic and Security Review Commission, and former Foreign Service Officer, US State Department
Much of the source material for the book and film series is derived from what is a very extensive English and Chinese literature – scholarly, journalistic, and governmentsourced. However, the Crouching Tiger “detective story” could not have been crafted without the help of a large number of experts who graciously agreed to sit down in front of a film camera for an in-depth interview with author-director Peter Navarro. These experts include: • Michael Auslin and Dan Blumenthal, American Enterprise Institute • Professor Greg Autry, University of Southern California • Richard Bush and Michael O’Hanlon, Brookings Institution • Gordon Chang, author, The Coming Collapse of China • Kurt Campbell, former US Assistant Secretary of State • Dean Cheng, Heritage Foundation • Bernard Cole and T.X. Hammes, National Defense University • Patrick Cronin, Center for a New American Security • Seth Cropsey, Hudson Institute • Richard Fisher and Ed Timperlake, International Assessment and Strategy Center • Professor Aaron Friedberg, Princeton University • Professors Amitai Etzioni and Charles Glaser, George Washington University • Bill Gertz, Editor, Free Beacon • Bonnie Glaser and Michael Green, Center for Strategic and International Studies • Professors Lyle Goldstein, James Holmes and Toshi Yoshihara of the US Naval War College • Professor Stefan Halper, University of Cambridge • Professor Phillip Karber, Georgetown University • Stephanie Kleine-Ahlbrandt, U.S. Institute of Peace • Professor David Lampton, Johns Hopkins University • Professor John Mearsheimer, University of Chicago • Commissioners Pat Mulloy, Dan Slane, and Michael Wessel, USChina Economic and Security Review Commission • Michael Pillsbury, former U.S. Assistant Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Planning • Sheila Smith, Council on Foreign Relations • Mark Stokes, U.S. Army War College • Ashley Tellis, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Peter Navarro deeply thanks each of these individuals interviewed for their generous gift of time, their incredible patience with me and my film crew, and most of all, for bringing a diversity, richness, and balance to the investigation with their keen expertise and often markedly contrasting points of view.
Excerpts from these interviews may be accessed from this book’s official website: www.crouchingtiger.net.