In Defence Of ‘Ethical’ China

In Defence Of ‘Ethical’ China

ALLOW me space in your esteemed newspaper to air my view on “China Must Give Its Africa Policy Ethical Content” by Alfredo Tjiurimo Hengari published in The Namibian on 19 January 2007.

Sino-Africa relationship dates back thousands of years. China has always cherished the valuable relations with Africa and supporting African multidimensional developments.As is in other economic cooperation or business activities, China adopts a win-win policy which is deeply rooted in its 5000-year culture.Chinese culture determines, as French culture determines French communication patterns, the Chinese communication styles.What makes China a nation of Chinese is reflected—more clearly than anywhere else—in the ways the Chinese communicate.Win-win is the most important negotiation strategy in Chinese business, which has been researched by many inter-cultural scholars from Asia, Europe, and America, such as Ting-Toomey, Clyne, Burns, Goldman, and Gao, to list just a few.With this policy, China has established good relationship with the majority of UN member states including African countries.Sino-Africa cooperation has witnessed the fruitful outcomes of win-win relation.Africans, including business people and leaders, have expressed their satisfaction and happiness about such relations.The President of Cote d’Ivoire, the Foreign Minister of Egypt, Chairman of the media association in Cameroon and most African people all highly appreciate the mutual remarkable achievements China and Africa have made.In this sense, win-win itself is ethical in content because it contributes to the African social and economic development.Win-win policy, characterised by equality, sincerity, friendship, mutual trust and common development, is much better than the colonial policy applied in Africa as that left African people living in poverty.And Chinese presence in Africa has, to some extent, changed the situation, as it has been proved in many African countries.People can buy cheap, good commodities.Governments save much more of their budgets in construction and other fields.Infrastructures have been greatly changed as in Oshikango in Namibia.I want to know what is ethical content if the writer thinks equality, sincerity, friendship, mutual trust and common development are not ethical content.What makes the writer upset is that the Chinese in Africa do not bring needed skills with them, which led to one of the two difficulties to Africa.I don’t know much about Chinese community in other African countries, however, I would like to list just a few Chinese companies registered and operating in Namibia and I would also like to request the writer to go to the following companies to see himself and then inform the public what skills Chinese have brought to Namibia: Oryx Textiles Manufacturing cc in Oshikango, Golden Phoenix in Oshikango, and Namibia-China Mineral Resource, Linn’s Investment (Pty) Ltd, Eastern Eagle, Oasis Textile Industry, Brother Sponge Products Industry, Guang Da Mattresses, Lee’s Investment Pty Ltd, China Great Wall Pty Ltd and Hua Wei Telecommunication Technology Namibia Pty Ltd.On the small traders imitating local products and selling them according to the writer, I am sure, although I am not the Chinese policy researcher, that is not at all a part of China’s Africa Policy.As the writer also complains, the second difficulty of the Chinese presence in Africa is that Sino-African relations are essentially devoid of any political content.As I replied to Dr Henning Melber in my letter published last October in The Namibian, China has always adopted non-interference foreign policy.This is because each nation has its own history, thought patterns, cultural value, religion and other cultural dimensions which determine their own ways of living a life or doing business or carrying on their political life.The famous inter-cultural scholar Wierzbicka claims that different ways of speaking, or different communicative styles, can be explained and made sense of in terms of independently established different cultural values and cultural priorities.Thus, solutions to problematic situations should be sought within the local cultures.Any foreign element won’t work but worsen the conflict or problems.This has also been proved true in inter-cultural communication and political scenarios across the world as well.US President has given too much political content of American flavours to Iraq.How about the situation there so far? Have the Iraqi people got their democracy and human rights? It is known that Africa has been colonised for centuries with the colonial policy being fully applied in Africa.But did the African people get their democracy and human rights during those times? I don’t know whether the writer is Africa born or not.If he is, he should not have turned a blind eye to the facts about the aftermath of that policy.If not, he should have visited the local library to be informed of the real happenings in Africa during the colonial period.After independence, African people voted their own governments and leaders.The African governments and leaders, like those of Namibia, spare no efforts to develop their countries for the welfare of their people and to realise the people’s basic human rights.However, I again fail to see how the writer comes to say that the African people are the “victims of undemocratic regimes” since the African people vote their governments and leaders.Economic development is the main trend in the world.Economic development of each nation can not rid itself of economic cooperation with other countries.China and Africa’s economic development needs cooperation with each other.To this end, China’s Africa Policy and its resulting economic cooperation deserve no depreciation and tarnishing but appreciation and polishing as China seeks mutual benefits and win-win with African nations.This is the most important ethical content.Yang Gan Fu WindhoekChina has always cherished the valuable relations with Africa and supporting African multidimensional developments.As is in other economic cooperation or business activities, China adopts a win-win policy which is deeply rooted in its 5000-year culture.Chinese culture determines, as French culture determines French communication patterns, the Chinese communication styles.What makes China a nation of Chinese is reflected—more clearly than anywhere else—in the ways the Chinese communicate.Win-win is the most important negotiation strategy in Chinese business, which has been researched by many inter-cultural scholars from Asia, Europe, and America, such as Ting-Toomey, Clyne, Burns, Goldman, and Gao, to list just a few.With this policy, China has established good relationship with the majority of UN member states including African countries.Sino-Africa cooperation has witnessed the fruitful outcomes of win-win relation.Africans, including business people and leaders, have expressed their satisfaction and happiness about such relations.The President of Cote d’Ivoire, the Foreign Minister of Egypt, Chairman of the media association in Cameroon and most African people all highly appreciate the mutual remarkable achievements China and Africa have made.In this sense, win-win itself is ethical in content because it contributes to the African social and economic development.Win-win policy, characterised by equality, sincerity, friendship, mutual trust and common development, is much better than the colonial policy applied in Africa as that left African people living in poverty.And Chinese presence in Africa has, to some extent, changed the situation, as it has been proved in many African countries.People can buy cheap, good commodities.Governments save much more of their budgets in construction and other fields.Infrastructures have been greatly changed as in Oshikango in Namibia.I want to know what is ethical content if the writer thinks equality, sincerity, friendship, mutual trust and common development are not ethical content.What makes the writer upset is that the Chinese in Africa do not bring needed skills with them, which led to one of the two diffic
ulties to Africa.I don’t know much about Chinese community in other African countries, however, I would like to list just a few Chinese companies registered and operating in Namibia and I would also like to request the writer to go to the following companies to see himself and then inform the public what skills Chinese have brought to Namibia: Oryx Textiles Manufacturing cc in Oshikango, Golden Phoenix in Oshikango, and Namibia-China Mineral Resource, Linn’s Investment (Pty) Ltd, Eastern Eagle, Oasis Textile Industry, Brother Sponge Products Industry, Guang Da Mattresses, Lee’s Investment Pty Ltd, China Great Wall Pty Ltd and Hua Wei Telecommunication Technology Namibia Pty Ltd.On the small traders imitating local products and selling them according to the writer, I am sure, although I am not the Chinese policy researcher, that is not at all a part of China’s Africa Policy.As the writer also complains, the second difficulty of the Chinese presence in Africa is that Sino-African relations are essentially devoid of any political content.As I replied to Dr Henning Melber in my letter published last October in The Namibian, China has always adopted non-interference foreign policy.This is because each nation has its own history, thought patterns, cultural value, religion and other cultural dimensions which determine their own ways of living a life or doing business or carrying on their political life.The famous inter-cultural scholar Wierzbicka claims that different ways of speaking, or different communicative styles, can be explained and made sense of in terms of independently established different cultural values and cultural priorities.Thus, solutions to problematic situations should be sought within the local cultures.Any foreign element won’t work but worsen the conflict or problems.This has also been proved true in inter-cultural communication and political scenarios across the world as well.US President has given too much political content of American flavours to Iraq.How about the situation there so far? Have the Iraqi people got their democracy and human rights? It is known that Africa has been colonised for centuries with the colonial policy being fully applied in Africa.But did the African people get their democracy and human rights during those times? I don’t know whether the writer is Africa born or not.If he is, he should not have turned a blind eye to the facts about the aftermath of that policy.If not, he should have visited the local library to be informed of the real happenings in Africa during the colonial period.After independence, African people voted their own governments and leaders.The African governments and leaders, like those of Namibia, spare no efforts to develop their countries for the welfare of their people and to realise the people’s basic human rights.However, I again fail to see how the writer comes to say that the African people are the “victims of undemocratic regimes” since the African people vote their governments and leaders.Economic development is the main trend in the world.Economic development of each nation can not rid itself of economic cooperation with other countries.China and Africa’s economic development needs cooperation with each other.To this end, China’s Africa Policy and its resulting economic cooperation deserve no depreciation and tarnishing but appreciation and polishing as China seeks mutual benefits and win-win with African nations.This is the most important ethical content.Yang Gan Fu Windhoek

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