What does the current China military buildup mean for San Diego and its numerous military installations?
Is San Diego now a prime target for North Korean and Chinese missiles?
How can we avoid war with our largest trading partner but biggest potential adversary?
These questions will be answered by UC-Irvine professor, author and documentarian Dr. Peter Navarro, Saturday, Nov. 22, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido, as part of the Make It In America conference.
Navarro is author of the book and the documentary “Death By China,” in which he takes multiple heavy-handed wacks at the country that is trying to overtake the U.S. as the world’s No. 1 superpower. Navarro always makes it clear that his attack is not on the Chinese people or culture, but on the communist government that controls both. Lest we forget, between 1967 and 1977, it was forbidden to even mention “culture” in China. It was called the “Cultural Revolution.”
According to Navarro, the heavy-handedness still persists. Worse of all, it has affected our own way of life. According to Navarro, the so-called trade relationship between the U.S. and China has been devastating. “Since China began flooding U.S. markets with illegally subsidized products in 2001, over 50,000 American factories have disappeared, more than 25 million Americans can’t find a decent job, and America now owes more than 3 trillion dollars to the world’s largest totalitarian nation.” So says promotion on the book and film, narrated by actor Martin Sheen.
And death comes in many forms – the food we eat, the products our babies play with, the medicines we take and even what we feed our pets – much of which comes from China and all of which already has exacted death and illness. And let’s not forget air pollution. China’s rise to economic power has been at the expense of the environment. If you don’t have to adhere to environmental regulations, it costs a lot cheaper to manufacture. And that’s what the competition between the U.S. and China has been all about – cheaper products.
China is the No. 1 air polluter in the world – and, as the film points out, the fallout is experienced right here in the U.S.
"Death by China" draws on the latest trends and events to show a relationship spiraling out of control, including how thousands of Chinese cyber dissidents are being imprisoned in "Google Gulags"; how Chinese hackers are escalating coordinated cyberattacks on U.S. defense and America's key businesses; how China's undervalued currency is damaging the U.S., Europe, and the global recovery; and why American companies are discovering that the risks of operating in China are even worse than they imagined.
And then there is nuclear arms – but if you want to learn more, come to the lecture – 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in the theater of the California Center for the Arts in Escondido.