China marries tattered old lady Africa
A GNA Feature by Rex Annan
Accra, March 25, Ghanadot/GNA –
The adage that a man develops hatred for anyone, who marries
his divorced wife, has relevance in respect to China’s
partnership with Africa.
History has it that the Western world had an engagement with
Africa with the view to assisting her to translate her
advantage in resources into advantages in development as
evidenced by the ‘Scramble for Africa’.
On the contrary the Western world used the Continent’s
natural resource to develop their economies at the expense
of Africa’s development. The relationship was characterized
by economic exploitation, divide and rule tactics that set
one ethnic group against the other; social injustice and
imposition of alien political systems that continuously
Following the achievement of the Colonial Powers’
development objective, which included the depletion of
Africa’s natural resources and the discovery of synthetic
materials as substitute for Africa’s resources, the
Continent was discarded like garbage.
To them, Africa without her resources had become a tattered
old lady and worth to be left to her fate to battle with the
terminal disease – poverty.
The imperialists in their quest to ensure the demise of
Africa strategise to gradually spread Western Democracy to
Africa even though they were aware that Africa has no
political structures but social structures.
They overlooked the fact that Africa is essentially tribal
and political parties could become tribal.
It is therefore a truism that Western-style
constitutionalism has led to bloodshed in Africa. For
example Kenya’s general election in December 2007 was
followed by ethnic killings and the same can be said of the
war-torn Somalia. This development poses a threat to Ghana’s
democracy and needs to be unfrozen because forces are
striving to maintain the ethnic status-quo
Multi-party activists accept that ethnicity plays a
major role in African politics, but have overlooked this
trend, emphasizing that the advantages of democracy over
dictatorship are undeniable.
Mother Africa did not like this adversity. Yet, the best
came out of this contrary situation as she found favour in
the sight of the government of China. The Government of
China assured Africa of hope and started to offer assistance
to Africa in the form of aids, and trade deals
This sympathy marriage, however, metamorphosed into
Sino-Africa partnership based on sincerity, friendship,
equality, mutual support and common development.
To this end, China has this year increased the number of
government scholarships to African students from the
previous 2,000 per year to 4,000.
The Europe and especially America have now become jealous
over the beauty of the Sino-Africa engagement with the
result that they have developed strategies to truncate such
partnership through Western-media propaganda.
To achieve the stated objective, the Western-media has
reported less of China’s financial and logistic assistance
to Africa and more of China’s alleged quest to colonize
Africa because of her natural resources, especially oil.
The China People’s Congress (CPC) firm grip on the political
and socio-economical development of the world’s most
populous nation is something to be cherished.
But the Western-media sees nothing good about China’s
development and had speculated that communism has
characteristics of dictatorship. This according to
western-media victimizes human rights, suppresses the truth
and does not guarantee freedom of speech.
The Western-media had all the negatives about the Chinese
weather, human right records among others prior to, during
and even after the Olympics.
As if those were not enough, the Western-media has waged a
relentless war on China in respect of her dealings with
Tibetans are enjoying a dignified life under Chinese rule
but the Western-media had made the outside world to believe
that Tibetans are living in “hell” on earth.
The truth about the Tibetan situation is that the Dalai Lama
and the aristocratic class reduced the majority of people
into slaves under feudal system. These serfs are now free
and enjoying the fruits of their labour with transformation
of their society.
If West’s agitation for Tibet separation from China is
premised on human right abuses, then the West must be told
that it is equally guilty of such offence. Such stance gives
credence to the adage that the greatest “tribute hypocrisy
can pay virtues is vices”.
This is against the backdrop that, the Immediate-Past
President of US, President George Bush masterminded the
execution of Former Iraqi President, Saddam Hussein, who
also had the right to live because vengeance belongs to God.
What about the torture of prime suspects of the 9/11 attack
on US at Guantanamo Bay, which by the Grace of God current
President Barack Obama has found to be reprehensible and
has, therefore ordered its closure?
It is also time for the West to realize that the Dalai Lama
issue is not a religious or ethnic issue but one that
impinges on China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
The writer expects the international bodies to condemn Dalai
Lama’s mindless conspiracy with the West slice Tibet from
As it is usually said that “fear the Greeks even when they
offer gifts” so should African Leaders be weary of the
imaginations of the West in respect of its cooperation with
Africa must have the option of practicing communism if she
so desired as against the imposition of Western-democracy
and its attendant shady election results and bloodshed.
What is needed under communism, using China experience is
for the socialist leader to advance democracy with African
characteristics. The Leader, should also accept supervision
from the people, strictly exercise self-discipline, and
serve his or her country and the people in a cautious,
conscientious and clean handed way.
Mother Africa, you must realise that your symbiotic
relationship with China has reversed your menopausal status
to that of a virgin and you must strive to sustain and
prolong the honeymoon.
The West is trying to sow the seed of discord between Africa
and China so that the Continent would relapse into its
former tattered state after which the Continent would be
Are African leaders listening? A word to a wise they often
say is enough.