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UCI professor’s new publication investigates growing militarism in China

Author will speak at public launch of book, documentary Nov. 12 on campus

November 3, 2015
UCI professor’s new publication investigates growing militarism in China
Based on interviews with more than 30 top experts, author Peter Navarro highlights disturbing facts about China’s recent military buildup and the shifting balance of power in Asia. Prometheus Books

Irvine, Calif., Nov. 3, 2015 – Peter Navarro, professor of economics and public policy at the University of California, Irvine’s Paul Merage School of Business, will launch his new book, Crouching Tiger: What China’s Militarism Means for the World (Prometheus Books, 2015), and a companion documentary Thursday, Nov. 12. The 6 p.m. public meeting in the Merage School auditorium is being held in collaboration with the Orange County chapter of the World Affairs Council and the UCI Chancellor’s Club.

In the book, Navarro assesses the probability of conflict between the U.S. and the rising Asian superpower. Using the framework of a “geopolitical detective story,” he systematically works through China’s possible hegemonic intentions, its increasing array of military capabilities, and various flashpoints for war in the East and South China seas to the hills of India. Navarro then examines pathways to peace so that the unthinkable – a major war with China – may be averted.

“A rapidly militarizing China should be at the top of the list of 2016 presidential campaign issues,” he says.

A respected scholar on China, Navarro also is the co-author of Death by China: Confronting the Dragon – A Global Call to Action and produced its companion documentary, which jointly examine the U.S.-China economic relationship. The book was an Amazon best-seller, and the film – which won numerous awards – remains one of the most popular on Netflix.

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