China’s Stark Choices: Interest or Honor?

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“As long as the nation and the people gain benefits from the leadership, leader maybe still a hero even though his sometime does unrighteous things.” Cao Cao, Liu Bei, and Sun Quan are all examples of China. It is entirely up to you to place a score on it. For Chinese leaders, the position as the superpower is only China itself that can make it possible. Others’ opinions and judgments are not necessary to thwart Chinese ambition. This is the most critical issue facing China today. Therefore, China must be willing to take risks without regard for moral standards in order to guarantee its national interest”. 

Julia Bader further stated that in order to acquire access to these immense natural riches, China has backed other countries regardless of their dictatorships, human rights violations, or corruption. The national interests urge it to strengthen ties with other countries in order to allow Chinese corporations to invest in and extract natural resources, even if those ventures do not serve the people and damage the environment. In addition, the nation supports the leaders of these countries in their fight against Western sanctions and assists them in strengthening their ruling. In exchange, those leaders have to recognize China’s one-China policy and its many initiatives, as well as transference of natural resources to China’s firms.

Chinese investment in these continents and regions rose by more than tenfold between 2002 and 2013, effectively influencing the economies of several countries. China has also established a “debt trapping” approach, in which debt and aid are used as bait. Moreover, China is demanding the ability to dominate natural resources, seaports, and military sites in countries such as Sri Lanka, Djibouti, Tajikistan, and Pakistan, among others, in exchange for significant quantities of aid.

In 2016, Chinese funding to Africa surged from more than $2 billion to $30 billion. China’s massive aid is a key aspect of the country’s large-scale foreign investment strategy to acquire raw materials and natural resources in order to extend its influence and strength. Between 2000 and 2017, China lent more than $143 billion to African governments and businesses. Angola, Zambia, the Republic of Congo, and Sudan are the countries that owe China the most.

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