China in the post-trump Era

China and other countries do things differently.

In the world of geo-politics, China’s global strategies have long been aimed at building trade partnerships. BRICS – the acronym for rising economic powers such as Brazil, Russia, India, China and now including South Africa – has been on the agenda since 2009.

Chinese investment in Africa has been expanding. Since the Premier of the People’s Republic, Zhou Enlai, made a visit to Africa in 1963, African nations have been on the Chinese radar. Chinese national television now has significant news broadcasting time devoted to Africa, including daily English language progams. Last year, Chinese investment in Africa grew by a massive 515% compared to 2015 figures. It’s been suggested that Chinese commercial loans in Africa break down the power of the IMF, an organisation long believed to have contributed to the Third World debt crisis and causing, instead of alleviating, poverty in many nations. 

The New Silk Road is  a geopolitical strategy designed to build bridges between China, Eurasia, and Europe. Trillions of dollars are being invested in infrastructure, which contribute to the development of new trading partners. 2016 saw the opening of a train line, carrying cargo from China to Iran – siginficantly shortening the old sea route trading system that had taken over 30 days.  Jiangsu province has a direct link to Afghanistan, and there are five international lines from Yiwu , (Righteous Ravens) the small commodity market town.

Then there’s the Asia Infrastructure Bank, initially suggested by China way back in 2009, officially launched by Xi Jinping, China’s current President, in 2013, and  officially launched in 2016. Britain led the way for European investors in a move highly criticised by Washington, France, Germany and Portugal soon followed suit, then a host of other players joined – including Australia and New Zealand.

As you can see from the above projects, China has been slowly and steadily building trade partnerships and investment strategies which are bilateral, multilateral, and generally bypass the IMF/WB.

What did we mean when we said “China does things differently?

President Xi gave a speech to the World Economic Forum, on January 17th, three days before Trump was inaugurated. Xi called for continued economic globalisation as a source of prosperity for all. Not once did he mention the change of administration in the USA, but the content of his speech was a major rebuke for Trumpian policies of protectionism.

China’s method, long evidenced, is to build up legitimate and authentic new structures amonst Asian and European nations. It’s also significantly increased it’s domestic economy, to soften the blows on any potential Trump-led trade war.

Whilst ordinary people in the USA, Britain, Australia and other countries have come out on the street in their millions, building alliances and a political movement that refuses to bow down to Trump led policies, in the geopolitical arena, China is continuing to build a new economic order.

China’s approach is thoughtful, long-term, carefully planned and executed. It is based on numerous multilateral agreements, and unlike the European Union, does not rest on developing a common currency.

Most of the world knows that Trump is leading the world on a dangerous path. He has signalled that Japan, led by a man who refuses to admit that any atrocities occurred during WW2, much less admit that the Rape of Nanjing happened, is the USA pivot point in Asia. It’s been claimed he used “twitter wars” to inflame the already volatile and unpredictable leadership of North Korea.

China, on the other hand, has signalled to the world it’s peaceful engagement based on mutual economic benefit. The Huffington post says this

China’s reemergence is peaceful and its opening up to the world is a global opportunity. ”

Even Bloomsberg has noted that China is moving to fill a world leadership vaccum created by the Trump era. Given that it’s only a few days since inauguration – watch this space. The world is about to change.

 

Sources can be access via the links in the texts. The following sources have been used:

http://www.globalissues.org/article/3/structural-adjustment-a-major-cause-of-poverty

http://www.chinaafricarealstory.com/

http://www.fdiintelligence.com/Locations/Middle-East-Africa/Chinese-investment-into-Africa-soars-in-2016

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/making-sense/china-is-spending-nearly-1-trillion-to-rebuild-the-silk-road/

http://www.forbes.com/sites/wadeshepard/2016/09/09/chinas-new-silk-road-picks-up-where-hillary-clintons-flopped-in-afghanistan/#2b6583fd4d8a

http://www.forbes.com/sites/wadeshepard/2016/09/09/chinas-new-silk-road-picks-up-where-hillary-clintons-flopped-in-afghanistan/#2b6583fd4d8aic-forum-davos-china-xi-globalization.html?_r=0

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-gosset/chinaus-relations-in-the-_b_13701180.html

Donald Trump Is Already Tweeting Us Into War with North Korea

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-asia-aiib-investment-idUSKCN0UU03Y

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asian_Infrastructure_Investment_Bank

Click to access ep85.pdf

Donald Trump Is Already Tweeting Us Into War with North Korea

https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2016-11-20/china-flips-roles-with-u-s-in-trump-era-with-rebukes-on-policy

Author: Debbie

immersed in the ancient culture of china, and its constantly changing facades.... a traveller through time and space landing in suzhou of the 21st century.... australian by birth, traveller by nature, mother of a beautiful ten-year-old

8 thoughts on “China in the post-trump Era”

  1. I spent three weeks in China in 1980 and a month in 1983. Even then I could see the potential. Last week I watched on Facebook Live as the train from China arrived in London England. As for Trump… I’m not putting energy into speaking about him anymore. I just watch.

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    1. Thanks for dropping by, Anne. China’s export of modern railway technology is amazing – Britain is just one country to receive the benefits of this.
      I agree – let’s all put our energy into constructing a better world!

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  2. Informative and timely, Debbie – and a wise and peaceful way to approach economic growth. You are so fortunate to be living a world away from the madness here in America.

    I cannot “wait and see” with this new administration myself, however. I have seen MORE than enough already and feel called to raise my voice in protest, as unpleasant as it feels to do so. More unpleasant, I believe, will be what follows if that truculent man-child is allowed to proceed unopposed . We have already heard too much for any of us to – in good conscious – remain aloof, hoping for the best until it is too late to do much of anything but watch in horror.

    I will not go silently into anybody’s night and will NOT stand by to watch Germany’s history repeat on our soil.
    xx,
    mgh
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMore dot com)
    – ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder –
    “It takes a village to transform a world!”

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  3. It’s interesting to read this as the book I’m engrossed in at the moment is “Confessions of an Economic Hitman.” (John Perkins). I was struck by how China’s investment is breaking the power of the IMF. Having felt despair from this and a prior book I read, this is somewhat heartening.
    However, I did watch a documentary about a year ago which described how a huge amount of money was spent on developing a town’s infrastructure and housing, only for it to be a white elephant. The hoped for international investment didn’t occur and much lies empty.
    We live in interesting times.

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  4. Though China’s investment in Africa is based on self-interest, I do agree that it’s probably more helpful in the long term than what the IMF undertook. For the moment China is patient and restrained in its response to Trump, but if he persists, I dare say they’ll react more strongly. Interesting times ahead – and worrying!

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  5. A lot of American’s refuse to give his name energy or thought. He is simply ’45’. The forty fifth President. We will block as much of his destructive policies as we can while we wait him out and wait for him to die of an old man’s heart attack or loose attention and wander off to start a new TV show.

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    1. HI Dunelight, thanks so much for dropping by. I had seen “45” on the net and wasn’t sure what it was referring to – thank you for the clarification – great idea – take the energy out of his name and his policies. I agree with you, lets concentrate on building up all the positive things that are happening – and there are many.

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