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Han Zhen: Who on Earth Wants to Invade Africa?
2011/07/29

http://www.sina.com.cn 09:48, July 26, 2011 Global Times

by Han Zhen

According to an article released on July 20th on the website of Daily Mail of the United Kingdom entitled Cameron Warns Africans over 'Chinese Invasion' as They Pour Billions into Continent, BritishPrime Minister David Cameron, publicly criticized China for "invading" Africa at a school in Nigeria on July 19th, the last day of his African tour. As a Chinese citizen, I am deeply shocked by the fact that an old imperialist power that once established worldwide colonies with gunboats is criticizing another country for "invasion". I cannot help but ask what the criteria for "invasion" are and who sets them?

I cannot understand how Mr. Cameron, in the capacity of Prime Minister, could have accused China of invading Africa just because China "pours billions into the continent". Following his logic, China should never invest in or help with other countries' development, or there would be no invasion had there been no investment in Africa. The key issue here is, however, that we all know that the British slave trade in Africa, massacring Indians in America, colonizing India and Malaysia, smuggling opium into and launching Opium Wars against China as well as grabbing Hong Kong are acts of invasion. Now financial support for Africa is described as invasion. What ridiculous criteria that is based on!

Western countries, Britain included, are all clamouring for China to shoulder its international responsibilities. China is developing trade relations with many countries, developing countries in particular, and is investing in Africa to help with the local development. Aren't we shouldering our responsibilities? Do they think we would be shouldering our responsibilities if we went around setting off subversions hand in glove with them? What gangster logic that is!

Why is Cameron strongly opposed to China's "invading" Africa? Is he really caring for Africa? As a matter of fact, the British Prime Minister is not concerned with Africa being invaded, but with that Britain's interests and influence might be undermined. He is worried that China's development and growing influence might reduce the West's so-called traditional "sphere of influence". He is also concerned that China's financial support with no strings attached will threaten Western dominance in Africa. Then it is easy to understand why Cameron warned Africa over China's development model, claiming it is not sustainable in the long run. Being in Africa, why was he talking about China instead of British-African relations? Cameron admits that the West is increasingly anxious of China's important role in the new "Scramble for Africa". When Britain portrays China's investment in Africa as invasion, is it that itself has given up on going there? No. Cameron said explicitly that he was keen to build strong trade links with Africa's fast growing economies. But for him, it is important not to let China develop trade with Africa because in that case it will be hard for Britain to dominate Africa in favor of its own interests.

 

▲(The author is director of Value and Culture Research Center of Beijing Normal University).

 

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