the chinese government is holding a summit this week in budapest to help foster the rise of what we will call the EURASIA union. beijing’s belt und road project includes trillions of dollars in infrastructure projects, according to the washington post. the germany-based der spiegel describes the summit as a way for the chinese government to cement their influence in central, eastern and south eastern europe. unlike americans and american companies, the chinese government and its people think in 100 years and not in quarters or 1 political term. the washpo article agonizes over china becoming a super power and usurping the US’s dominance in the world under the present US president. but this dominance started to grow under reagan, and hit warp speed during 2008. that is when the chinese government travelled the world looking for trump style deals on natural resources. as china has a dearth of this. unlike with previous empires such as the british, the chinese government seeks to make friends by employing local people to work on infrastructure projects and chinese engineers then teach domestic workers how to maintain them. as opposed to merely exploiting natural resources and creating seperate enclaves from the local people and treating the locals like untermensch. now in brazil there is an ongoing debate at the political level about chinese power in the country.
here is an example of china’s newish power: before the military in the african country zimbabwe staged a pseudo coup, a zimbabwean general went to beijing first. presumably to inform the government of their intention not to ask china for permission. as the cornerstone of the chinese doctrine is non interference in political and internal country matters.