but tawain–whose UN seat was given to china in the 1970s, is. the UK public service media channel the bbc reports on the oppression of religious minorities in the xinjiang province which was peviously majority uighur until china started moving han chinese there to dilute the uighurs to minority status.
Archive for the ‘china’ Category
this is a whiteboard session from the Harvard Business Review about manufacturing trends and the future of manufacturing. how it can be a win-win for everyone and is not a zero-sum game.
these are highlights from the january 1st speech of china’s president xi jinping. the 30 minute video below features information about china’s investment in the infrastructure of the africa continent from china’s state TV channel CCTV. a few years back a politician from a former french colony famously said, the french were here for 200 years and they never built anything and they left us with nothing.
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.
that’s what the headline should be. but the independent reports this as ‘fears of chinese land grab.’
but at least the journalist acknowledges that china ‘follows a simple formula, offering premium prices and massive infrastructure investments in return for long-term concessions for key resources. And the positive impact is evident in spanking new infrastructure including hospitals, ports, and road and rail links being built with the influx of Chinese money.’
a commentor on the independent’s website who goes by ‘vic-the-brit’ sums everything up nicely. ‘Well at least China is paying hard cash. Europe and the US used to just take it by force, vitually enslave the population, grab as many resources as possible and kick the natives down if they got restless. ‘