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China and Angola- Financing the World’s Dictators

Posted by w_thames_the_d on March 31, 2011

Here is an excerpt from the Beijing Consensus. The book is pretty good and the author describes what is happening in terms of China and her rise. One of the things he points out is that China is funding despotic governments around the world and increasingly so in Latin America and Africa. His point is that as the world apparently wishes to impose some type of humanitarian controls on the world vz offering loans but with the stipulation that the money be used to help the common person, China has no such desires. The Chinese, to whom rights and human do not even belong in the same paragraph let alone side by side, have no desire nor design on increasing the quality of anyone’s life- or so it would seem. The Chinese government will offer attractive loans to dictators the world over, all with the stipulation that the dictators by cheap chinese goods and or projects-kinda like what they do with the USA and Wal-mart…
The result is the world now has a counterweight to the supposed good of the WTO or even world bank. Dictators can continue abusing their people as sanctions from the world will not have the same impact now that China has cash. As long as there is a need for cash, the Chinese will offer it, and just like the mafia, they ask little or no questions, in the beginning at least….

The Beijing Consensus (Stefan Halper)

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC As Angola prepared to jump horses from the IMF to China, a civil war was raging in the Central African Republic (CAR). UN peacekeepers had been forced to withdraw amid the escalating violence. They were replaced by a UN peace-building office, which was intended to be the first step in negotiating a political settlement for a transitional government that would include the warring factions. In 2003, however, a violent coup brought François Bozizé to power. The United Nations, the African Union, and various Western governments condemned the coup and urged General Bozizé to help international agencies restore order and political stability to the war-torn country. Weeks later, following preliminary negotiations, Beijing extended an interest-free loan and invited Bozizé for an official state visit. Shortly thereafter, Bozizé dissolved parliament and suspended the constitution ahead of “democratic elections,” which he “won” in 2005. As the UN Refugee Agency reported in 2007, the CAR’s civil liberties rating has since declined, humanitarian conditions have worsened, the country’s already scorched economy has further contracted, corruption has remained pervasive, and the government has practically taken over the judiciary.14 As Bozizé announced in 2007, China had been a “reliable friend” to the Central African Republic, having stepped in and “offered the support his country needed when it faced its most difficult times” with assistance in building a new mining and telecommunications structure to stimulate the economy.15

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