Death by China
|Author||Peter Navarro |
|Publisher||Pearson Prentice Hall|
|May 15, 2011|
Death by China: Confronting the Dragon – A Global Call to Action is a 2011 non-fiction book by economics professor Peter Navarro and Greg Autry that chronicles "from currency manipulation and abusive trade policies, to deadly consumer products," the alleged threats to America's economic dominance in the 21st century posed by China's Communist Party.
Navarro argues that China violates fair trade by "illegal export subsidies and currency manipulation, effectively flooding the U.S. markets" and unfairly making it "virtually impossible" for American companies to compete. It is a critique of "global capitalism" including foreign labor practices and environmental protection. Currency manipulation and subsidies are stated as reasons that "American companies cannot compete because they’re not competing with Chinese companies, they’re competing with the Chinese government."
In a 2012 article, Andrew O'Hehir of Salon commented that Navarro's "dramatic overkill is both unfortunate and unnecessary, because the questions Navarro asks about our deformed and dependent relationship with China are legitimate and troubling[,]" and "[m]uch of the argument Navarro assembles in 'Death by China' is unassailable as to its basic facts, even if the tone and manner of presentation leave much to be desired." Similarly, Neil Genzlinger of The New York Times found that the "alarming and alarmist" film "undercuts its argument with an abundance of inflammatory language and cheesy graphics" and "is also unabashedly one-sided and is short on solutions" but added that "its message, despite the hyperbole, certainly warrants examination and discussion."
Reviewing the documentary in 2012, Sam Adams of the Los Angeles Times found that the "important political argument at the core of Peter Navarro's agitprop documentary" was "drowned out by xenophobic hysteria and exaggerations so rampant it becomes impossible to tell light from heat." He concluded by saying "Substituting rhetoric for argument, 'Death by China' doesn't preach to the choir so much as it holds a revival meeting in an empty tent."
Ronnie Scheib, from Variety, says "One need not fully subscribe to Peter Navarro's demonization to appreciate his lucid wake-up call to the imminent dangers of the huge U.S.-China trade imbalance and its disastrous impact on the American economy."
Rotten Tomatoes gives the documentary a score of 33% based on reviews from 12 critics, with an average rating of 5/10. Comments include "It is ... unabashedly one-sided and is short on solutions" (Neil Genzlinger, The New York Times), "[A] rabid piece of agitprop, which swamps a number of legitimate arguments against the current trade arrangement between the U.S. and China with the strident brushstrokes of a bad editorial cartoon" (Scott Tobias, The A.V. Club), and "Angry, fatally biased but watchable documentary ranting at China for its transgressions and damage done to the U.S. economy cries out for second opinions from other corners besides those damning" (Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International).
- Street, Chriss (23 June 2011). "Book Review: Death by China: Confronting the Dragon". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2018-07-07.
- Perkins, Olivera (7 September 2012). "Economist Peter Navarro says U.S. manufacturing is suffering 'Death by China'". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved 2018-08-25.
- Wong, Venessa (22 August 2012). "Q&A: Peter Navarro on America's Death by China". Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved 2018-08-25.
- Scheib, Ronnie (16 August 2012). "Death by China". Variety. Retrieved 2018-08-25.
- O'Hehir, Andrew (21 August 2012). "China's not-so-secret plan for world domination". Salon. Retrieved 2018-08-25.
- Genzlinger, Neil (23 August 2012). "Casting Blame for Jobs That Vanish". The New York Times. Retrieved 2018-08-25.
- Adams, Sam (12 August 2012). "Review: Emotions, not economics, guide 'Death by China'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2018-07-07.
'Death by China' plays hard and loose with the facts as it examines the trade relationship between the U.S. and China.
- "Death by China (2012)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2018-07-07.
- Genzlinger, Neil (23 August 2012). "'Death by China,' Documentary Directed by Peter Navarro". The New York Times. Retrieved 2018-08-25.
- Tobias, Scott (23 August 2012). "Death By China". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 2018-08-25.
- Toumarkine, Doris (17 August 2012). "Film Review: Death by China". Film Journal International. Retrieved 2018-08-25.