Posts Tagged ‘China’

CTP Podcast: International Perspectives on Bo Xilai Case

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

 

Eric & Michael discuss the international media coverage and public perceptions of the Bo Xilai case.

 

The Bo Xilai scandal and the Western media by ChinaAfricaProject

[AUDIO] CTP Podcast – China’s bin-Laden Aftermath

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Almost no one is focusing on this huge story over how the Chinese are taking advantage of the rift in U.S.-Pakistan ties in the wake of Osama bin Laden’s killing to increase their influence in Afghanistan/Pakistan.  We had a great discussion in our latest CTP Podcast. Let us know what you think.

 

 

 

 
China Talking Points Podcast: China’s post-bin Laden Foreign Policy by ChinaTalkingPoints

[AUDIO] CTP Podcast: China’s Libya Policy-A Debrief with Deborah Brautigam

Saturday, March 26th, 2011

[AUDIO] CTP Podcast – Nuclear Energy In China

Friday, March 25th, 2011

In the wake of the natural and nuclear disasters in Japan, what role will Nuclear Energy play in China’s immediate future?

With over 60% of the world’s future nuclear power plants destined to be built in the PRC, their decisions on technology, safety, and international cooperation will have in impact well beyond the nation’s borders.

Join us as we discuss China’s response and likely next steps in the nuclear energy game.

China Talking Points Podcast: China’s Nuclear Future by ChinaTalkingPoints

[AUDIO] CTP Podcast – China’s Impact on Egypt’s Protests

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

China’s rise impacts the economy and political conscience of most countries. The scenes of protest and discontent seen across the Arab world January of 2011 center on a disaffected youth’s desire for a better future – and a say in the crafting of that future.

In this podcast, we debate and discuss the impact of China’s economy on Egypt. We see ramifications of the “China Price” impinging on business interests and China’s wealth creating standing in juxtaposition to what this generation of Egyptians have experienced.

Join us as we sort through perceived and real influences.

China in Africa Podcast: China and the Egyptian Uprising by ChinaTalkingPoints

Wikileaks reveals failures of Western aid in Africa

Sunday, December 5th, 2010

It really shouldn’t comes as a huge surprise that African governments have become tired of the West’s indulgent aid and development programs that place a significantly higher emphasis on “process” over actual results.  No doubt though that the latest damning Wikileaks release will shock, SHOCK, many in the Washington aid business as it reveals an increasingly painful truth that African governments find the USA’s and other Western governments’ obsession with “capacity building” to be tiresome.  Instead, according to the Kenyan ambassador to Beijing, Julius Ole Sunkuli, China’s focus on producing tangible results with its investment and development programs are far more preferable to many African governments.

Sunkuli claimed that Africa was better off thanks to China’s practical, bilateral approach to development assistance and was concerned that this would be changed by “Western” interference. He said he saw no concrete benefit for Africa in even minimal cooperation. Sunkuli said Africans were frustrated by Western insistence on capacity building, which translated, in his eyes, into conferences and seminars (REF C). They instead preferred China’s focus on infrastructure and tangible projects.

After all, why would any African government choose to have dozens of very well paid USAID officials write endless reports, attend numerous conferences that generate yet more reports all to little or no effect?  While this may seem like an exaggeration, the amount of bureaucracy and paperwork that has come to dominate the American aid process cannot be overstated.  Pretty much everyone inside the US aid industry itself will tell you, largely off the record, how demoralizing it is to be buried in spreadsheets and reports while producing little to no tangible benefit for those supposedly intended to benefit from American “aid.”

China’s emergence in Africa as a counterbalance to U.S. and European donors has been very positive for Africa by creating “competition” and giving African countries options. — US Embassy Beijing cable 2/11/2010

While US aid industry officials complain openly about the paperwork and bureaucracy that clearly inhibits efficiency, they will in turn defend American aid using moralistic language once only employed by evangelical Christians.  Without even a shred of humility, I have personally met dozens of US aid officials who argue passionately that China’s engagement in Africa will ultimately fail because of Beijing’s refusal to adopt “democratic principles.”  The United States in turn, according to their logic, as a “beacon of freedom” has a “moral” responsibility to employ “capacity building” techniques as a center piece of its aid program.  While this may sound pedantic, it is painfully typical of widely held sentiments throughout the American aid industry.

The level of self-righteousness on the part of US aid supporters is simply staggering.  One can only hope that this blunt assessment of the US aid process and the preference for Chinese projects that produce tangible results will serve as a long overdue wake-up call to an industry that desperately needs a new moral compass.

[AUDIO] CTP Podcast – China’s Rare Earth Advantage

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

Eric and I (along with my softly cooing newborn, Flynn, tackle the recent Diao Yu Tai islands dispute brought about by Japan’s seizure of a Chinese fishing vessel and the detention of its captain.

China utilized its fast growing control of rare earth metals as leverage in the rapidly resolved dispute, and this serve as a harbinger of future tactics or it may just serve as a lesson for how to deal with the multiple conflicts that will continue to arise as the world order adjusts to China’s prominence.

CTP Video: China’s Societal Pressures. A Morality Crisis?

Monday, May 24th, 2010

stock_stabbing_arrestThe fringes of sex and violence have dominated the headlines from China over the past several weeks as the country processes another wave of school stabbings and people react to the government’s decision to crack down on a serial swinger.  The killing of so many school children in such a short period of time, raised new questions over China’s mental health system and the growing societal pressures many people are coping with after 30 years of non-stop economic transformation.  In this edition of the China Talking Points Video Podcast, we approach the issue from a different angle: is China facing a morality crisis?

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Chinese Aid in Africa: No Strings Attached

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

The Canadian Broadcast Corporation sent their Beijing correspondent to do some rather extensive reporting on the surge of Chinese investment in Africa. In contrast to much of the other recent coverage of the topic, Anthony Germain’s reporting from Zambia was refreshingly balanced.  The highlight of his reporting centers on the f-china-africa-2426-306question of how China is taking full advantage of the failures of 50 years of Western aid.  Several of his sources pointed out that despite spending hundreds of billions of dollars in Africa, Western aid programs have very little to show.  The Chinese, by contrast, move quickly and efficiently and demonstrate visible results from their engagement.  That said,  Germain rightly points out that Beijing asks for very little in return from its African partners in the form of political accountability and transparency.   While I fully appreciate the importance of this kind of political pressure, it always strikes me as ironic to hear this perspective from Western critics, most notably through the Western media.   Specifically, the West (and by default the Western media) appear to be rather selective with their demands for political accountability.  While the international aid industry spends billions of dollars each year in the very same countries that China is (more…)

Demonising China: pundits get its role in Africa wrong

Monday, February 15th, 2010

china_africaInternational media have reported up a storm on the recent surge in China-Africa links. They invoke a theme familiar from the past two centuries of colonialism and Cold War: Africa is beset by poverty and ignorance, caused by ruthless and corrupt rulers. Westerners are trying to bring them to book and instill order on the continent, but other forces, in this case Chinese interlopers, are making that difficult.

The facts on the ground show China’s engagement in Africa has been more positive than this discourse claims. The Chinese are getting bad press in the West because they are from a country that is neither liberal democratic nor white, yet are effectively competing with those who are – to the point that some Africans see Chinese development activities as providing a model.

Read the full article at ON LINE Opinion