THE MOCKERY OF CHINESE SOCIAL-IMPERIALISM IN AFRICA – BY Shimelis Seregela
On its January 14, 2008 edition the Associated Press reported what the People’s Daily newspaper commented in its edition saying that “democracy hurts Africa.“ In the report the Associated Press directly quoted the People’s Daily as saying, “Western-style democratic theory simply isn’t suited to African conditions, but rather carries with the root of disaster.” Further, the report also quoted the People’s Daily as saying, “Colonialism is the culprit, the fuse that sparks ethnic conflict.“ (more…)
On its January 14, 2008 edition the Associated Press reported what the People’s Daily newspaper commented in its edition saying that “democracy hurts Africa.“ In the report the Associated Press directly quoted the People’s Daily as saying, “Western-style democratic theory simply isn’t suited to African conditions, but rather carries with the root of disaster.” Further, the report also quoted the People’s Daily as saying, “Colonialism is the culprit, the fuse that sparks ethnic conflict.“ The People’s Daily article tells Africans that democracy does not do any good for Africa and Africans really do not deserve democracy for it brings ethnic strife as is the case in Kenya. In other words, the People’s Daily tells that Africans are not fit for democracy because of the fact that the diversity has been infected with colonial culprit that causes ethnic strife and also pursuing western democracy would rather worsen the situation. The People’s Daily does not blame the dictatorial and tyrannical regimes of Africa that inherited independence from European colonialists for causing ethnic strife, corruption and repression for the fact that these regimes welcomed Chinese investments in Africa. The implicit message is not only an insult to the black race as a whole, but also an upper cut to Africans in particular. The paper nakedly excuses tyrannical regimes that granted the Chinese government with oil and mineral exploration and exploitation contracts and solely blames western democracy as the source of the cause of ethnic strife. In addition, the People’s Daily implicitly sends a message saying that as long as Africans get what to eat and drink, they do not really deserve a system of governance that grants freedoms of civil rights and also brings prosperity. The comment of the People’s Daily is seasoned with implicit racial bigotry that is garnished not only with contempt for the black race, but also coated with fake concern of prosperity in Africa.
Mao Zedong argued that Third World countries should unite and struggle along with socialist countries in order to defeat western imperialism by way of cutting off the supply of raw industrial materials on which western industries rely. Mao Zedong envisaged this strategy to let African and other Third World countries rally behind Chinese global hegemony and also wage the struggle against the west and the Soviet regime which China regarded as a social-imperialist. Mao Zedong’s strategy was to globalize Third World countries’ confrontations with the west as a way of reducing Chinese confrontation so that china would be engaged in leadership and not in actual military confrontation with the west. This strategy is not yet dead in China given the Chinese government’s marathon to win as much possible contracts in oil, gas and mineral contracts in Africa regardless of the nature of the regimes.
The Chinese government’s engagement in the so-called anti-Soviet confrontation in Africa did a lot of harm particularly in Angola from 1970s through the 1990s, the blind Chinese support for UNITA, a liberation front led by the renegade Yonas Savimbi. Even though the Chinese knew that UNITA relied heavily from the exploitation of diamond mines and black marketing and also United States support, they did not worry about the negative consequences for supporting UNITA except being concerned solely about diminishing the Soviet domination in the region. Even from the socialist principles’ stand point of view, what the Chinese government has been doing in Africa is completely contrary and hypocritical, which they claim as “dealing with international politics.“ The hidden sole strategy of the Chinese government was influencing the region in the name of revolutionary movements and controlling raw industrial materials through despotic revolutionary movement fronts and regimes whose military and logistics are dependent on Chinese supply.
The end of the Cold War paved the way for the Chinese to pursue two systems in one country. The winning of United States’ “Most Favored Nation” trade status during Bill Clinton’s presidency accelerated the outsourcing of United States’ manufacturing industries to China that resulted in historic industrial development. Today, China’s trade has surpassed United States trade in hundreds of billions of dollars in terms of export and also caused millions in job loses. Surprisingly also became a huge creditor to the United States. China benefited from democracy in the United States and Europe by simply providing cheap labor and also pirating western intellectual properties. The Chinese still praise the west as their economic partners and demonize their policy in Africa. The hypocrisy of China is that it is heavily engaged in the Sudan conflict by supplying the Sudanese government with weaponry and investment while blacks in the Darfur region perished before the Chinese eyes. China does this in return for the nearly half a million barrel of crude oil export to China every day. At the United Nations the Chinese government blocked every attempt to pass sanctions against the Sudan fearing that their interest in Sudanese oil would suffer serious consequences. This is a real conflict of interest of the Chinese government in its policy toward Africa even though the official Chinese government and communist party policy state otherwise.
What the Chinese government mouth piece, the People’s Daily, said that “democracy hurts Africa” is simply a mockery. The Chinese government is the most opportunist social-imperialist government that has sneaked in the continent of Africa by providing less interest rates and flexible repayment programs in return for grants of minerals, natural gas and raw materials exploitation. There is nothing as such a free lunch for China. And blaming democracy as a cause for ethnic strife in Africa, particularly in Kenya, is nothing more than an insult to an injury. The Chinese government is wiggling its tail and salivating in its marathon to dominate and control energy resources and minerals in Africa in order to secure its booming economy at the expense of repression, tyranny and dictatorship in Africa. What a naked shameless social-imperialism!