Death by China

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Death by China
Death by china-confronting the dragon.jpg
Author Peter W. Navarro and Greg Autry
Country United States
Language English
Publisher Pearson Prentice Hall
Publication date
May 15, 2011
Media type Hardcover
Pages 300
ISBN 978-0-13-218023-8

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[1] 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.

A feature-length documentary film based on the book, narrated by Martin Sheen and also titled Death by China, was released in 2012.[2][3]


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.[4] It is a critique of "global capitalism" including foreign labor practices and environmental protection.[5] 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."[6]


Professor Peter Navarro talks his work Death by China and how China cheats in the world trade system at University of Michigan in 2012

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 "Much 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."[5] 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."[6] 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."[7]

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."[4]


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