AirTalk for August 17, 2012

Author, filmmaker Peter Navarro on documentary Death By China

Ever since the financial crisis of 2008, the economy has been on the forefront of every American’s mind.

With the election ratcheting up and November drawing ever closer, it’s getting even more pronounced. And when one considers the economy, it’s impossible not to consider the influence China has had on the United States. Since 2001, the country has been flooding U.S. markets with illegally subsidized properties. During that time period, we’ve seen 50,000 American factories disappear, and unemployment is a chronic problem for over 25 million Americans. To make matters worse, the U.S. owes China over $3 trillion due to its economic trade relationship with the totalitarian nation.

In his new documentary “Death by China,” Peter Navarro adapts the book of the same name he wrote with Greg Autry to the big screen. He tackles the issue of the relationship between the U.S. and China by interviewing a wide array of journalists, politicians and other experts.

How broken is this international economic situation? Is it possible to fix it before it’s too late? How did we get to the point where we owe this much to another country? How is it affecting our nation’s economy in the short and long term?

Guests:

Peter Navarro, Writer, Director and Producer of the documentary film Death By China; Professor of Economics at UC Irvine

Jordan Levine, Economist and Director of Economic Research, Beacon Economics

Trailer for Death By China


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