An analysis of how America, through its misguided and bankrupt economic, financial and foreign policies and alliances, has allowed China and its citizens to prosper at the expense and suffering of Americans, who are picking up most of the global economic rehabilitation tab.
The ongoing domestic, foreign, economic and geopolitical policy failures of career politicians in Washington, D.C., financed by their Wall Street backers and executed by their politically connected, incompetent bureaucrats charged with implementing the congressional and presidential non-starters are graphically analyzed and described. America's career politicians and corporate titans are blamed directly for their stupid and misguided policies.
While America has spent more than $10 billion to $15 billion a month for five years on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and continues to do so China has spent the same amount of money on education, developing new technologies and building state-of-the-art infrastructure relevant to the 21st century. It doesn't take much to figure out which country made the better investment. The 2008 Beijing Olympics, where China won more gold medals than the U.S., are a reaction on how China has raised its game in the daily global competition for economic, political and sports supremacy, not military. China is not a military threat to America.
China and America differ in their geopolitical and domestic approach and how each country's soldiers must serve their citizens. Two visually poignant pictures of which country uses its armed forces more productively are the images of the People's Liberation Army helping the victims of the devastating Sichuan earthquake in 2008, and removing the masses of algae from a beach in Qingdao, where the Olympic sailing events took place. What a contrast to America scrambling to find emergency personnel to help out in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
America is now playing catch-up with its economic stimulus package in an effort to continue to be a relevant global inter-local power. America and China can continue to learn from each other as their people and economies become more intertwined. Both countries must join hands to lead the world through climate, economic and political change in the 21st century as true political partners to ensure that the world avoids Armageddon.
"Fine work with Feasting Dragon. It well sums up America's trade and foreign policy: "Eat Me!"P.J. O'RourkeAuthor, Columnist and Raconteur
"A serious and timely book. De Krassel goes about illuminating his readers' horizon about Sino-U.S. relations from his unique personal freedom-loving literary graphic point of view while providing them with some well-timed guffaws along the way. I can understand and will not be surprised if he is never allowed to set foot on American soil again - or water boarded if he is." C.P. HoMember Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference
"China-USA expert Peter G. de Krassel sets a literary feast of international analysis, slicing and dicing the political, economical and industrial ingredients of the two global superpowers. Drawing upon his insightful Custom Maid trilogy: Spin, War and Knowledge, Mr. de Krassel serves up easily digestible tidbits of wisdom that make his latest work a must-read for everyone who desires to enhance their understanding of this complex and vital relationship. Bon appe'tit!"--Michael Broggie
Michael Broggie Author Air Force One, The Final Mission
"Consumers expect that a fine watch should have a nice face and, of course, keep faithful track of time. Reading this book on the intricacies of the US-China relationship--its problems and opportunities--is like removing the watch case and examining the internal mechanism. The question of immediacy is: Who in the future is going to be able to fix our watch if noneof us make an effort to understand how it functions?" The question of immediacy is: When our classic watch breaks down in the nearfuture, who is going to fix it, given that no one has made an effort tounderstand how the moving parts function?"
Pleasure Man, Speaker and award-winning author of Pleasure Island
This essential guide provides a panorama of the problems andopportunities present in the US-China relationship. Whether we're talkingabout sports, economics, trade, education, the increasing juxtapositioninherent in this relationship is a wake-up call for action.
Peter de Krassel rightfully asserts that America is, geopolitically,acting like a drunken teenager. "We the People" must be the parent, bailiff,and therapist. It is up to us to realign our social, economic, and politicalpriorities, because no one else can do that for us."
Brandon Royal, CPA, MBA, award-winning educational author
"A very thoughtful piece of work which comes just in time ..."
Zhao Chu senior fellow Deputy Director, Shanghai National Defense Institute
This book is a cookbook for those who want to read the deep background on Sino-American relations. Literally, Mr. de Krassel approaches each chapter as a meal course ("Soup," "Salad," "Dessert", etc.). And interestingly, the chapters ARE courses-not of epicurean delight, but in the varied lessons and fables of how the Chinese 'Dragon' is eating the American 'Eagle.' The book is replete with causes (factual and antidotal) and effects (outcomes: good and bad, mostly bad). A must read for politicians concerned with globalization as it relates to history and future of the U.S. De Krassel points out, for example how the United States intended to make Japan a "cornerstone of U.S. policy in Asia" and proceeded to herald Prime Minister Taro Aso as Obama's first dignitary to visit the White House after his election-"even as Aso's own country was trying to get rid of him, and did in July 2009." This, as de Krassel points-out, was a slight to the Chinese, especially in the face of Secretary Hillary Clinton's China-bashing during her campaign.
Environmentalist will also find intrigue in some of the book's observations, such as how the U.S. pushes China for reducing its impact on the environment but, among other counter productive actions, pushes China to increase its supply of steel's raw material of coke. Coke is derived from processing coal and thus causing increased air pollution.
From an educator's perspective I found some of the material about how China depends so much on the U.S. education system. This demand is boosted by students' drive for a U.S. degree. For example, some students employ stand in candidates to take the English-Language exams: "There are hundreds of 'shooters' [stand-in exam takers] working for syndicates or as freelancers that openly advertise their services."
The author draws on both his intellectual knowledge and pedestrian experiences to weave this provoking book. De Krassel is a superb raconteur.
My complaints are both mixed; namely, the 'contents', mimicking a cookbook, leave me wanting for a more user-friendly way to locate subject matter and the index does not help much. The book reveals a myriad of important factoids, but to identify the source you must access the author's web page. Researchers will have limited patience with this approach.
A five-star must read for students of China. I highly recommend the book.
Mark Tigan, PhD, Associate Professor Clark University