Archive for March 26th, 2010

Friday, March 26, 2010

Namibia: Vision 2030

Jia Qinglin (贾庆林), chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), arrived in Windhoek on Thursday for an official visit, at the invitation of the National Council of Namibia, the upper house of parliament. The National Council is constituted by delegates from the country’s regional councils, and the ruling SWAPO currently holds 24 out of 26 seats there. Jia said the China-Namibia relationship had developed smoothly since the two countries forged diplomatic ties in 1990, hailing frequent high-level exchanges and fruitful cooperation in politics, trade, culture, education and public health, reports Xinhua.

The Namibian writes that the Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) had called on the government to ban “piecemeal type” foreign investors who don’t create jobs or boost economic growth, but rather “kill” existing local businesses. And Tjekero Tweya, the country’s newly appointed deputy trade and industry minister, suggested that as a country with developed technology, China should explore and invest (with local participation) in breaking new frontiers rather than bringing in skills and technology that already exists in Namibia.

Trade and industry minister Hage Geingob announced new provisions for the country’s Foreign Investment act. He intended to exclude foreign investment from certain small and medium enterprise (SME) sectors. Much of his concern had been sparked by the “activities of Chinese businesspersons”, according to the Namibian.

“As a ‘true friend’ of Namibia, we expect China to assist (through cooperation) us to develop the industrialisation vision of Namibia as stated in Vision 2030 instead of importing unskilled labour and resources which already exist in Namibia,” added Tweya.

The road of Namibia’s relations with China is bumpier than Jia Qinglin’s pre-visit statement might suggest. Namibia’s finance minister announced in summer last year that his country would no longer make use of a US-$ 100 mn export buyers credit provided by the Export-Import Bank of China (ExIm). Also in July 2009, Namibia launched an investigation into allegations of bribery in a government contract with Chinese state-owned Nuctech Company Ltd. According to a New York Times article on the dark side of China aid, the investigation is still in progress.


Africa, where the Worlds meet, March 8, 2010
Quote: Makuwerere Bwititi, January 15, 2010
Old Comrades never cheat, August 27, 2009

Friday, March 26, 2010

Tibet: “America’s Consistent Policy”


To ingratiate itself with the West, Poland allowed “Tibet independence” organizations to organize so-called protests activities in seventy towns and more than fourty schools. China’s embassies and consulates in Tokyo, Canberrra, New Delhi, Frankfurt, Brussels etc. were subjects to varying degrees of harassment and impacts.

Update, June 22, 2010: The original link to the article in Chinese is apparently no longer available.]

The above is a reference to the Tibet Initiative‘s flag-hoisting campaign in many countries, including Germany, on March 10. The author of the quoted article is Huang Shejiao (黄舍骄), China’s former ambassador in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Huang accuses America’s China policy for still rampant anti-China actions (国际反华势力在涉藏问题上的反华行径仍然十分嚣张) and quotes Kenneth Lieberthal as saying that undermining China’s unity and containing China’s development was a consistent U.S. strategy (一是利用西藏问题破坏中国的统一、牵制中国的发展,是新中国成立以来美国的一贯方针,或者说是美国的“国策”。美资深中国问题专家李侃如坦言,这是“美国一贯的战略”).

Huang provides no link or source for his Lieberthal quote. He may be referring to a Politico-moderated web chat on March 3 where Lieberthal said that

[it] is, I believe, a misconception to see America’s policy toward China as having toughened suddenly in 2010. President Obama came into office with a very pragmatic approach to China. He saw that U.S.-China cooperation (or at least our not undercutting each other) could be important to handling major global issues more effectively. Having no past experience with China, he determined to spend much of 2009 establishing the basis for a very good working relationship with Hu Jintao and other Chinese leaders. That entailed, among other things, postponing decisions that inevitably would raise tensions (such as Taiwan arms sales) where those decisions could be put back for a period of months without doing harm to other interests. But the U.S. informed the Chinese very clearly during 2009 that early in 2010 we would be making some of those decisions. For example in his November trip to Beijing in 2009, President Obama directly told Hu Jintao that Obama would see the Dalai Lama in early 2010. It is, therefore, incorrect to see these 2010 decisions as a change in U.S. policy. They, in fact, reflect the implementation of a consistent U.S. strategy — and one that the Chinese were well aware of during 2009.

Xinhua: NPC Tibetan Delegates, visit to U.S., March 20, 2009

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