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CHINA ATTACKS CLINTON OVER THEIR CHANCE TO DESTROY AFRICA
August 6 2012
Beijing, China - For just about the entire history of human civilization Africa has been at the bottom of the totem pole. That needn’t have been the case of course. Human beings come from Africa and some of the first advanced civilizations were founded on that continent but for a variety of reasons, the nations and people there have been left behind.
The modern situation, say the last hundred or so years, has a very distinct and specific rationale. After generations of virtual enslavement by European powers, many of those countries were left to deal with things themselves very abruptly and with no experience. Coupled with a lust for the natural resources of those same powers, the countries of Africa have never really been able to grow and evolve.
That has left many nations in desperate situations. Beset by poverty, disease, and corrupt political infrastructure it could well be that there simply is no hope for Africa. That no matter how much aid is sent to the continent that will always be impoverished and eventually just cease to be. Before that happens, though, there are plenty of things to take and China, in its emerging status a global superpower, wants a shot at those plentiful resources and of course resents criticism from others who have already taken their share, like the United States.
“The implication that China has been extracting Africa’s wealth for itself is utterly wide of the truth. Mrs. Clinton’s comments are cheap shots and are part of a plot to sow discord between China and Africa for the US’s selfish gain,” said a Chinese official, responding to comments from U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Clinton was in Africa ostensibly to support growth in the region, presumably with her nation’s help and no others.
China has recently overtaken the U.S. as Africa’s largest trading partner, pulling billions of dollars of wealth from the nation and giving even less than the U.S. does.
“There is little doubt that the trade imbalance between Africa and pretty much every other nation on the planet has contributed to the situation the countries there find themselves in. It’s really a shame that has happened but it is the kind of thing that does tend to happen if you don’t make an effort on your own,” said Scrape TV International analyst Gustav Hander. “It’s like seeing the wrong price tag on something at a store. Do you point it out or do you take advantage of it? Ethics schmethics, this is real life and clearly China is gaining and advantage the U.S. isn’t happy about.”
China does about $166 billion in ‘trade’ with African countries.
“I’m sure Europe felt much the same way when the U.S. started coming in and playing in their honeypot and so I guess turnabout is fair play. Maybe South America will be next, or India. Who knows? There doesn’t seem to be an end to the wealth that people can strip from the continent and as long as that’s there it will continue to happen,” continued Hander. “It’s now just a matter of who that will be in the long term and clearly China wants to take as much as they can while there’s still some left to take. It’s only fair, really, it’s their chance and the U.S. can complain all they want. It’s actions that matter when you are destroying a continent not whining.”
China plans to expand its ‘trade’ with African countries in the future.
Emil Uliya, International Correspondent