Whiteness is a term that feels uncomfortable to use but it’s not inaccurate. In fact, the discomfort is a useful feature of it. I’m considered white so whiteness is something I _should_ be on the watch for as it’s a quality often seen in white people that they’re (we’re, using white as an us category, not implying anybody else here is using it) usually blissfully unaware of.
Coming to terms with this notion is still an ongoing bit of a surprise at times but it feels like a fish discovering it’s been swimming in water. I’m not leaving the water, just paying attention to where fellow fish were pooping.
I don’t think of China as European style Imperialists though. Their terms are wholly rational, no strings attached. Very logical.
They’re not establishing their leaders as requirements for loans as the USA and Europe does.
It’s far more basic than that.
You’re a good investment. Here is a loan. Pay it back. If you don’t, the real estate is ours until you can complete the payments.
They are involved in projects in furthering Pan Africa for a healthier global trade. A healthy global trade benefits China which is why they are doing it. Standards of basic infrastructure is their focus in Pan Africa. I hope the African nations can pay on the loans. Even if they can’t. global trade will see an improvement.
No, it’s not European/American colonialism.
Three sectors are working on Pan African improvements, each in different ways.
Each African nation has its own governments and ways of doing things. Different human rights situations. Different styles of government. They also have different reasons for their diplomatic efforts and commercial alliances.
As I’m simplifying, Pan African efforts are my main focus so I will treat Pan African self interests as Teammate One.
Teammate Two is the World Bank and connected organizations. They are more familiar to us as their doings are familiar to American and European ways of thinking. Microloans, helping women in business, bringing in expert political helpers in establishing more democratic ways, assisting minority religious and ethnic groups in sustainability.
It’s done for humanitarian and economic reasons, allowing for sovereignty but keeping in mind a globally agreed upon set of basic human rights. (globally agreed up in principal, but in different degrees by each nation and changing depending on the politics of the day). Russia and the USA are somewhat oddballs in this somewhat as is China but even we three agree to many of the very basics.
So, that’s Teammate Two.
China is Teammate Three. But unlike Two, they are more direct, single project oriented players. Clear goals set, time markers to be met. Roads to build. Energy production to create.
The three all have been helping in lifting all of the boats in Africa out of its past and towards its present and future. World Bank can rightly brag in its role in nearly eliminating the worst of poverty in Pan Africa, as can these African nations brag about their own efforts to do the same. But many of 1 + 2’s efforts have been over a long timespan – 50 years.
But is 50 years that long?
Not to China.
China can think in 100 year terms. 500 year terms. UN and World Bank can barely think past 2150 and with difficulty at that. The USA can’t think even TWO YEARS ahead most of the time.
I had a point but I was lucky to get all this out of me and forgot what it was.