Crouching Tier: What China’s Militarism Means For The World. Peter Navarro. Prometheus Books. November 2015. 300 pp. ISBN#: 9781633881150.
While the world presently is ultra-focused on the global threat of ISIS or ISIL as it is sometimes called, the world is missing the possibly brutal threat of China. Navarro’s thesis concerns China’s hegemonic desire to become a superpower through its military, economic, and political policies. According to the author, China will probably succeed until American and Euro policies succeed in addressing this formidable threat. Readers will find their certainty about America’s superiority challenged and perhaps misunderstood.
It has been repeatedly stated that unless we learn from history, it will repeat itself, perhaps even exceed its own record. One needs then to read and then analyze the theories and facts herein carefully delineated. Every chapter begins with a question and possible answer choices. It isn’t hard to figure out the answers after a while. One might respond fearfully unless one thinks about other unknown American policies to contradict the Chinese realities.
For example, in one chapter we discover that China is seeking to establish military bases throughout Asia, all the way south to Vietnam and Cambodia to counteract the presence of American military bases also throughout Asia. Combine that with the chapters about the military armaments that both America and China possess, and one realizes there is a massive power struggle playing out. The question becomes what happens when an accident or first response action occurs and we are on the brink of WWIII? One can’t ignore the serious possibilities within such scenarios that Navarro predicts might actually occur.
It’s no secret how much American debt is being covered by China. Navarro describes how China is wooing many Asian nations for economic domination and how successful they are in such ventures. It is even suggested that an economic war might be all that is necessary to control the world. While America is cutting back on military spending, the needs for more spending are placing America in a precarious position, according to the author.
The author explores all of these areas and even posits possible responses to maintain peace that may help but actually might not change one iota of this chessboard game playing out globally.
Rather than spoil the remaining presentations, this reviewer suggests focus on this nonfiction book might be one of the best things for Americans, especially its politicians and economists, to read.
Highly recommended reading!