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Trump Appoints Controversial UC Irvine Professor Peter Navarro

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Peter Navarro, a professor of economics at UC Irvine’s Paul Merage School of Business and one of the nation’s harshest critics of China, has just earned a seat on President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet.

As a professor with the business school for more than 20 years, Navarro penned nine books, most of which unmistakably mark China as a threat to the United States and the world at large. Several of his published works include The Coming China Wars, Death by China: Confronting the Dragon—A Global Call to Action and Crouching Tiger: What China’s Militarism Means for the World.

Death By China was also adapted into a short documentary feature narrated by actor Martin Sheen, in which Navarro argues that the American people must “help defend America and protect your family—don’t buy ‘Made in China.'”

Navarro acted as a special advisor during Trump’s campaign, likely driving his ideological attacks against global trade, Chinese manufacturing and the loss of U.S. jobs.

The announcement of Navarro’s appointment has arrived shortly after several potentially antagonizing tilts between the two economic superpowers. First, shortly after the election, Trump had a phone call with acting Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen allegedly without previous discretion (the Trump team stated that the call was pre-planned), going against decades of foreign policy agreements. Then, just last week, after China seized a submarine drone, Trump criticized the incident on Twitter. He writes:

Navarro  will head the White House National Trade Council, serving as director of trade and industrial policy.

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Matthew Korman
Matthew Korman is a contributing author and editor for Clear Admit. Since graduating from Rowan University with a degree in journalism and political science, Matthew has worked with numerous academic institutions, in addition to roles as a music industry writer, promoter, and data analyst. His works have appeared in publications such as NPR and Sports Illustrated.