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Tufts alum PETER NAVARRO, class of 1972, joins Trump team as head of National Council of Trade
by Goldie Blumenstyk who writes about the intersection of business and higher education in DC.
When Mr. Trump broke nearly 40 years of diplomatic protocol and spoke directly to the president of Taiwan, at least one account highlighted the likely role that Dr. Navarro’s get-tough-with-China influence may have had on the president-elect’s actions.
Dr. Navarro, who is 67, is a Tufts-trained professor of economics and public policy who has been on the faculty of the business school at the University of California at Irvine since 1989.
Before that, he spent two years as an assistant professor of business and government at the University of San Diego.
His ties to Mr. Trump began years before the campaign, when Mr. Navarro produced a film in connection with his 2011 book, Death by China: Confronting the Dragon — A Global Call to Action (Pearson FT Press). He sent the film to Mr. Trump, and soon got back an endorsement from the real-estate developer that called the film "right on."
This past October, a column in the The New Yorker speculated that if Mr. Trump won, "Peter Navarro would likely become the single most powerful economic adviser in the United States." The author of the piece also said he found some of Mr. Navarro’s ideas on China and trade "so radical" that he couldn’t find another economist who fully agreed with them.
According to Irvine officials, Mr. Navarro remains a full-time faculty member. In fact, during this academic quarter, even as he was publicly defending Mr. Trump’s tax, trade, and immigration policies — in some cases with bombastic language — Mr. Navarro continued with his full teaching load, teaching one undergraduate and two M.B.A. classes, mostly online. (Here’s an example of one of his arguments, from June, a response to a critique of Mr. Trump’s tax plan by Mark M. Zandi and other economists with Moody’s Analytics.)
That sums up why Mr. Navarro has been in the news lately. Here are 5 other things you might want to know about him:
He’s prolific. Mr. Navarro has written 13 books, including several that provide advice on investing — although at least one fellow Irvine economist, Amihai Glazer, says that his recent books and articles have been "more journalistic than academic" and "not what academic economists value."
Mr. Navarro’s latest book, published a year ago, is Crouching Tiger: What China’s Militarism Means for the World (Prometheus Books). He’s also published dozens of articles in journals, and, early on, he wrote extensively about electricity and energy.
But according to Mr. Glazer, a professor in the economics department who has had reason to assess Mr. Navarro’s publications, his work from the past 10 years lacks a lot of the "rigorous analysis of data with statistics" that a top-ranked economics journal requires. Mr. Glazer said that university personnel policies prohibited him from saying why he had reviewed Mr. Navarro’s publishing record. The university system has a post-tenure review process that it uses for salary decisions, which could explain Mr. Glazer’s familiarity with Mr. Navarro’s work.
He enjoys public speaking. For the past 10 years, Mr. Navarro has been represented by the Sweeney Agency, a speakers’ bureau, according to the agency’s founder, Derek Sweeney. On his Sweeney Agency web page, Mr. Navarro appears in a video in which he describes his interactive speaking style (he likes to have the audience respond using electronic clickers) and his speaking philosophy. He says he’ll teach his audiences to become "their own economic forecasters." The expected self-promotion also includes a mention of the financial crisis, followed by the boast "which I did indeed accurately predict months before it hit." Mr. Sweeney would not disclose Mr. Navarro’s speaking fees but said that "he does an awful lot of stuff for free," especially when he can talk about trade issues.
He’s been honored for his teaching. Mr. Navarro has won teaching awards at the business school several times in the past 10 years. Those awards are voted on by students, which "speaks for itself," said Mary Gilly, senior associate dean. In November 2015, he was also honored with a universitywide Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching presented by the Academic Senate.
He’s long had a public-service streak. After graduating with a B.A. from Tufts University in 1972, Mr. Navarro served in the Peace Corps in Thailand. He then went to Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and received his master’s in public administration in 1979. He earned his Ph.D. in economics from Harvard in 1986.
Between 1992 and 2001, he ran (unsuccessfully) for seats on the San Diego City Council and the county Board of Supervisors, for mayor, and for the U.S. Congress. He considered himself a Democrat. As The Orange County Register put it in a profile of him this summer, "In those years, Navarro described himself as pro-environment, pro-choice, and pro-gay rights, and had little use for the GOP’s economic programs."
He was an early adopter of technology. Mr. Navarro has developed and taught at least two MOOCs. One of them was an experimental one-credit course designed to help undergraduates better understand their own finances. Another, which can be taken for free by anyone via Coursera or for credit through UC-Irvine, is "The Power of Macroeconomics: Economic Principles in the Real World." It is made up of 13 hours of videos and quizzes and, according to its listing on the Coursera website, has been highly ranked by participants. Interested? The latest offering of the course began just this week.
Goldie Blumenstyk writes about the intersection of business and higher education.
Beijing fires trade warning
after Trump appoints China hawk
and Tufts alum Peter Navarro,
Class of 1972
Sample the FT’s top stories for a week
Mr Navarro, a Tufts-trained economist and University of California Irvine professor, is the author of Death by China and other books that paint the country as America’s most dangerous adversary.
“Chinese officials had hoped that, as a businessman, Trump would be open to negotiating deals,” said Zhu Ning, a finance professor at Tsinghua University in Beijing. “But they have been surprised by his decision to appoint such a hawk to a key post.”
Adding to rising tensions between the two countries, the US Office of the Trade Representative yesterday put Alibaba, China’s biggest e-commerce platform, back on its “notorious markets” blacklist of companies accused of being involved in peddling fake goods.
Hua Chunying, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson, said Beijing would monitor the policy positions of the incoming US administration. "As two major powers with broad mutual interests, co-operation is the only correct choice," she said on Thursday.China is preparing itself for US trade actions. China will respond with counteractions of its own
Speaking hours before the appointment of Mr Navarro, which was first reported by the Financial Times, China’s foreign minister Wang Yi told the People’s Daily, the ruling Communist party’s flagship newspaper, that China and the US faced "new, complicated and uncertain factors affecting bilateral relations". He said the world’s two largest economies must respect each other's "core interests".
Cui Fan at the China Society of WTO Studies, a think-tank affiliated with China’s commerce ministry, warned that Beijing would respond to any unilateral action by the incoming Trump administration. “China is preparing itself for US trade actions,” he said. “China will respond with counteractions of its own.”
China has been scrambling to assess Mr Trump’s stance since he took a congratulatory phone call from Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen in early December, defying almost four decades of precedent. Under the “One China” policy, Washington has abstained from official interactions with the island, which Beijing regards as a “rogue province”.
Chinese diplomats have been setting up meetings with current and former US officials who focus on Asia to try to discern what Mr Trump is thinking. But many US experts have little contact with the Trump transition team, which is run out of Trump Tower in New York, complicating efforts to glean meaningful intelligence.
The highest level contact between China and the Trump team came last week when Yang Jiechi, the top Chinese foreign policy official, met Michael Flynn, the incoming national security adviser, in New York. While much of the Asia team remains unknown, Mr Trump is considering Matthew Pottinger, a former US marine and Wall Street Journal correspondent in China, for the top Asia adviser role in the White House.
Mr Trump’s recent rhetoric about China has given Beijing even more cause for concern. Since the call with Ms Tsai, he has publicly criticised China’s currency policies and island fortifications in the South China Sea. He has questioned Washington’s commitment to the One China policy, and also angered Beijing by alleging at the weekend that a Chinese warship had “stolen” a US navy submarine drone, which was later returned.
Mr Wang told the People’s Daily: "We will lead the way amid a shake-up in global governance and take hold of the situation amid international chaos. We will protect our interests amid intense and complex games."
Last week, the US Federal Reserve raised interest rates and hinted at three more rises next year. The Fed move and expectations of tax cuts and infrastructure stimulus in the Trump administration are putting more downward pressure on the renminbi, which has been declining in value against the dollar as Chinese authorities struggle to contain capital flight.
He Weiwen, deputy director of the Center for China and Globalisation, added that Beijing could retaliate against US exports and restrict market access for US companies.
Additional reporting by Yuan Yang and Archie Zhang in Beijing
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