Review of 'Death by China: Confronting the Dragon – A Call to Action' by Peter W. Navarro and Greg Autry

June 27, 2011|By Chriss Street

Editor's note: Chriss Street originally published this book review on his blog, Chriss Street and Company.

There has been nothing more cowardly in my lifetime than the American government's dysfunctional response to China's economic imperialism. The Chinese have shown a unique political sophistication in co-opting the elites of corporate America with crony business deals, and politically pacifying Congress with a willingness to fund U.S. deficit spending.

But with the common man's concern rising, two academics at UC Irvine, Peter W. Navarro and Greg Autry, have just published: "Death By China: Confronting the Dragon – A Call to Action," a muckraker's call to confront the dangers of America's dance with the Chinese Dragon in the 21st century.


The first chapter of the book grimly exposes the dangers of Chinese food exports. The reader is taken for a stroll down the modern aisles of America's supermarkets, where Chinese imports increasingly dominate display shelves. Perhaps some nice seafood grown in the raging chemical stew of the Yangtze River would be an attractive offering for your family tonight.

Don't worry about the fish and shrimp dying from the world's most bacteria-infested waters. The Chinese simply pour massive amounts of banned antibiotics in the water to prevent that nasty discolorization of diseases, Navarro and Autry write.

The same quality control mentality often holds for China's market-share dominance in such staples as white meat chicken, apple juice, garlic, canned pears, honey and a myriad of other basic foods.

After feeling a little woozy after considering how much mercury and other poisons you have already accumulated in your body from eating these imported treats, the authors write that drugmakers from the People's Republic of China now produce 70% of the world's penicillin, 50% of its aspirin, and 33% of its Tylenol you may have ingested. The Dragon's drugmakers have also captured much of the world market in antibiotics, enzymes, primary amino acids and vitamins.

China has even cornered the world market for vitamin C — with 90% of market share, Navarro and Autry report.

Oh, by the way: China now plays a dominant role in the production of vitamins A, B12 and E, besides many of the raw ingredients that go into multivitamins.

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