Economist Tyler Cowen has a Bloomberg article “Here’s the Economist Whose Ideas Guide Trump” about Peter Navarro (here). I’ve posted several Navarro’s “Crouching Tiger” videos (here) on this blog. Cowen writes:
Navarro’s other writings on China have hovered between these extremes of tone, but in general he has been pushing the line that the U.S. should be tough on trade, crack down on intellectual property theft, tax Chinese exports, combat Chinese mercantilism, bring jobs home, and yes, make America great again. If you want to read one thinker to understand Trump on China, it is Navarro.
Navarro does not come close to demonstrating his opening prediction that future war with China is “very likely.” In contrast, his "The Coming China Wars" is mostly a series of emotional diatribes against the Chinese government, opening with charges of cheating and slave labor and never much considering the positive side of Chinese economic growth.