Chinese Tuesday

As is the trend here, it's Tuesday and time for news on China.

  • VOA reports on how Chinese are gaining African respect because of their "simple" living:
    ...in contrast with Western expatriates, says Brautigam, the Chinese always live at or below "local standards" - even when it's quite within their means to live lavishly....
    ..."The Italian project had a container of food brought in from Italy every two weeks! And the (Italian) experts were living in very comfortable houses that were built (specially) for the project."...
    ..."The United States.had eight experts and they had built ranch-style houses in a little subdivision, with street lights and sidewalks, and everything the way it would be in Texas or someplace like that!"...
    In Nigeria...the Chinese are perceived as being "better able to transfer technology to Nigerian employees than Western expatriates." ...China is popular amongst businesspeople in Africa because of a simple reason: Money. "Africans associate the Chinese with profits,"...

  • China confirms terrorist camps in Pakistan 19 Apr 07:

    China has for the first time publicly acknowledged the existence of terrorist camps within the territory of its "all-weather" ally.
    It said that some East Turkistan separatists, who have been fighting for decades to make oil-rich northwest China's Xinjiang province an independent state, received training at the terrorist camps in Pakistan.

  • China to Send Military Unit to Darfur 8 May 07. Posting on the article, T P M Barnett asks a question ("What is our military really doing to encourage this? What is our government doing?") that emphasizes the structural failure in American diplomacy. On the action itself, the Chinese should be expected to do the minimum necessary for appearances while pressuring Bashir behind the scenes to make a show of acceptance.