Those who warn of the dangers of professors making pronouncements outside their area of expertise may have been a bit too hasty. A case might be made for encouraging business professors to look at foreign policy.
“It amazes me that Americans don’t see China as a threat,” Dr. Peter Navarro said at a briefing at the Center for a New American Security on December 7, 2015, the anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Dr. Navarro, a professor at the Merage School of Business at the University of California at Irvine, is the author of Crouching Tiger: What China’s Militarism Means for the World.
He points out that:
- “China claims 80 percent of the South China Sea;”
- “They claim the continental shelf up to Japan;” and
- “They claim Taiwan.”
China has the largest and most diverse arsenal of missiles in the world, Dr. Navarro notes. Additionally, he observes that “China has the largest inventory of mines in the world,” and “these are not your grandfather’s mines,” meaning they are capable of far more than blowing up U-boats.
Dr. Navarro, who interviewed about 40 actual China experts, left, right and center, for his book and the film that accompanies it, is also the author of The Coming China Wars.