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by Rachel Marsden
Hardly a day goes by without America-bashers accusing the U.S. of "imperialism" or "interventionism." Meanwhile, China is largely exempt from that sort of criticism from the same crowd. If only they'd listen to the governor of the
In late 2011, I had the privilege of sitting on a panel in Morocco with Lamido Sanusi, the aforementioned
In an op-ed piece for the
Excuse YOU, Lamido! America-bashers call this "trade" -- at least when it's conducted by nations other than America and its conventional allies. Of course, this speaks volumes about their anti-American bias. You'll often find the same people complaining that the West ignores the will of the people of any conflict zone -- because only the America-bashers can ever truly know what the people of any given country really want.
Instability in any country creates a vacuum that will inevitably be exploited. Whether you'd prefer to see China or America benefitting from a nation's instability depends on the values you'd like to see exported or disseminated. Personally, I'd rather live in a Western country than under a Chinese regime where, according to the
In Africa, China is now winning. Anyone cheering this fact might want to reassess, starting with the following:
According to the
And while the Hate America First crowd is busy defending Chinese "trade" and business practices in places such as Africa as somehow morally superior to that of evil Uncle Sam, a 2012 South Africa Rights Watch report, "
Why so funny? Because despite all the praise for the BRICS alliance (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) and its aggressive marketing efforts -- which might lead naive souls to believe that the
While China is slowly elbowing its good pal Russia out of African arms deals, the South African report concludes that "(a)nalysing the impact of China's investment in the extractive industries in six southern African countries -- Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe -- (this report) illustrates that Chinese investment does not, in most cases, promote a win-win scenario."
The report recommends that "(t)he Chinese authorities need to ensure that Chinese companies adhere to international standards, promote the transfer of skills and technology, and engage in international initiatives to promote transparency, sustainability, justice and social responsibility. The Chinese government should admonish, encourage, and (where appropriate) insist that Chinese businesses actively contribute to Africa's social, political and economic development."
Admonish? Please. That sort of thing is reserved for America and its conventional allies. And good luck using a stern ethical lecture on the dragon you apparently mistook for a Labrador retriever. Perhaps try smacking it across the nose with a newspaper.
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