[DEBATE] : Re: (Fwd) Chinese loans to Africa worry imperial financiers
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Mon Jun 19 15:40:32 BST 2006
Peter Waterman wrote:
> I guess that the object of such a holistic exercise would be to develop
> solidarity relations between the popular and democratic classes at both ends
> (and therefore internationally, if not globally), and the creation of a
> radically-democratic civil society (public arenas) within which alternatives
> to capitalist, bureaucratic, patriarchal, racist, etc relations could be
Sure, why not, the ruling crews are forging interimperial solidarity, so
China says African drive not a challenge to US
by Jean-Marc Mojon Sun Jun 18, 3:51 PM ET
CAIRO (AFP) - Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao denied his country was
seeking to become a counterbalance to the United States by boosting ties
with Africa as he kicked off a tour of the continent.
He said his booming economy was in need of Africa's natural resources
but hit back at accusations that Beijing was conducting a policy of
aggressive economic neo-colonialism at the expense of human rights
"Our efforts to develop relations with countries in Africa and Latin
America... are not targeted at any third country," Wen said at a press
conference in Cairo before flying to Ghana on the next leg of his tour.
"Those attempts and efforts to develop relations are not directed at
entering into any alliance and will not compromise the interests of any
other countries. I'm confident that the US government also recognises
this," he said.
The Chinese premier, who arrived in Egypt on Saturday, was responding to
suggestions that Beijing was seeking to emancipate its foreign policy
from Washington by strengthening ties with developing countries.
China has been accused of fueling conflict and shoring up regimes in
Africa, including in Sudan and Zimbabwe, two countries Wen has not
included in his tour.
When asked about the importance China intended to give the issue of
human rights in its Africa policy, Wen resorted to the principle of
"Our policy is consistent, we follow the principle of mutual respect,
equality, mutual benefit and non-interference in other's internal
affairs," he said.
"We believe that the peoples of different regions and countries,
including those on the African continent, have the right and also the
capability to properly handle their own issues," Wen added.
He went on to defend China's record in Africa over the past 50 years and
stressed that Chinese investments were an opportunity for the continent
to achieve a higher level of development.
"China places high value on developing economic and trading ties with
Africa, and we also believe... there are vast potentials worth to tap in
furthering the business ties between China and Africa," Wen said.
China's trade with Africa increased fortyfold between 1990 and 2004,
with Beijing now getting 15 percent of its oil from Angola and Sudan.
Total trade between the two sides neared 40 billion dollars in 2005.
"We will continue to encourage Chinese companies to come to Africa to
cooperate with their African counterparts, the purpose of such
China-Africa cooperation is to help our African friends to enhance their
capacity to self-development," he said.
Wen also said that over the past 50 years, China had given 5.5 billion
dollars in assistance to Africa, sent 16,000 health workers to 43
different countries on the continent and reduced or cancelled the debt
of 31 nations.
Wen met Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Sunday and signed 11 trade
and business cooperation deals with Egypt on Saturday after meeting
Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif.
On May 30, 1956, Egypt became the first African state to establish
diplomatic relations with the People's Republic of China, and both
countries have since maintained warm ties.
Both sides marked the 50th anniversary of their ties with celebrations
at the foot of the Giza pyramids which involved no less than 140 artists
and included folkloric dances and concerts.
"We can say that China and Egypt have forged a friendship that will last
forever, just like the pyramids," Wen said.
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