Donald Trump claims that he has read “hundreds” of books about China and is an expert on the country’s culture, economy and its relationship with the U.S.
“I’ve read hundreds of books about China over the decades,” Trump told Xinhua, the official news agency of the People’s Republic of China.
“I know the Chinese. I’ve made a lot of money with the Chinese. I understand the Chinese mind.”
Trump, who may or may not seek the Republican nomination for president in 2012, has repeatedly hammered away at China’s economic and currency policies and how they hurt the U.S. He has also attacked the Obama administration for its trade deals with China.
He has threatened (if elected President) to levy a 25 percent tax on Chinese imports.
Trump has also complained that efforts at ”green technology” in the U.S. don’t make sense if China ignores environmental considerations.
In China and other countries, they just burn whatever the hell is available, Trump said, according to media reports. Over here [U.S.], we want clean technology. What the hell good is green here if this guy over here is spewing all sorts of crap into the air?
When asked what books on China he has read, Trump named the following twenty just off the top of his head:
1. The Party by Richard McGregor
2. On China by Henry Kissinger
3. Mao: The Untold Story by Jung Chang
4. Tide Players by Jianying Zha
5. One Billion Customers by James McGregor
6. The Coming China Wars by Peter W. Navarro
7. The Beijing Consensus by Stefan Halper
8. China CEO by Juan Antonio Fernandez and Laurie Underwood
9. Poorly Made in China by Paul Midler
10. CHINA: Portrait of a People by Tom Carter
11. The Man Who Loved China by Simon Winchester
12. China Shakes the World by James Kynge
13. Mr. China by Tim Clissold
14. Country Driving by Peter Hessler
15. The Dragon's Gift by Deborah Brautigam
16. Factory Girls by Leslie T. Chang
17. The Heavenly Man by Brother Yun
18. 1421 by Gavin Menzies
19. Seven Years in Tibet by Heinrich Harrer
20. Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua