Wednesday, May 11, 2005

The Red Continent?

China’s rapid ascension as an influential economic and political force in Africa is raising complex questions concerning the security of the African continent and the future of its people. China’s involvement on the continent has increased dramatically over the past several years, fueled by Africa’s growing demand for cheap Chinese products and the need for greater infrastructure investment in the African energy and transportation sectors. First, it is a continent rich in the high-value, natural resources necessary to propel China’s maturing economy. Second, it offers a virtual sanctuary from American democratic ideology. Unfortunately for many Africans, China’s record of resource exploitation and global obstructionism point to an uncertain future. China’s long record of human rights violations; support of brutal regimes in North Korea and Iran; and its disregard for indigenous markets, raise legitimate questions regarding its long-term intentions on the continent and its commitment to the African people. Recently, Africa Confidential Newsletter noted that it feared African countries would “become more corrupt by doing business with China.”


At May 12, 2005 1:08 AM, Anonymous Dan M said...

The showdown will be over Taiwan, or oil.

And that is why we Americans need to polish off the Muslim threat rapidly, so as to clear the decks for the main showdown looming, with China, over the Taiwan straits.

I don't understand why the administration is flirting with the mullahs in Iran.

This war on terror should have begun with Iran, afterwards we could have commenced a special operations war towards the northeast into Afghanistan.

At May 12, 2005 9:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The manner in which world events are shaping up, we are about to enter Cold War II. China, North Korea, and Iran vs. the civilized world. China may be the most dangerous nation on earth at the present time; they would not hesitate to use N. Korea or Iran for their own nefarious purposes. Iran may hesitate to use atomic weapons, but North Korea would not.


At May 12, 2005 9:49 AM, Blogger theBadMonkey said...

Yup, the main problem is that the psychology of Asians is different in the west. What Reagan did with the Soviets, might push Asians over the edge... And given they knew or cared nothing about Middle eastern Psychology when they invaded Iraq....Oh god, 20 - 25 years...... Then the insects take over.......


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