Trump’s top China adviser made up expert he quoted

China slams White House adviser for phony character in book
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Peter Navarro admits to inventing the character of "Ron Vara," describing it as a "whimsical device and pen name," purely for "entertainment value."

In his 2011 book “Death by China,” President Donald Trump’s senior adviser Peter Navarro quoted a China hawk named “Ron Vara” to prove his point on the threat posed by Beijing to the American economy.

“Only the Chinese can turn a leather sofa into an acid bath, a baby crib into a lethal weapon, and a cell phone battery into