I am just curious, why would a main media be so happy to publish stupid articles that are outright dismissive, mischievous and unfriendly to another sovereign state, and repeatedly doing so? What would such media seek to gain or what is the agenda of the media? Just a few day’s back I posted an article by a Singapore teacher lamenting that our young have been fed with an Anglophone diet and are looking at the world unconsciously through the western perspective.
There is an article in the Today paper by Bloomberg on 27 Nov with the title ‘
’s leaders lay foundation
of new China Silk Road’. It also presented boxes to show the mind boggling figures
of 60 countries involved in 900 massive projects with an estimated value of
$1.25 trillion. With so many countries willing to participate in this One Belt
One Road project by , would it be a good thing
or bad thing? If bad, why would the leaders of 60 countries be interested in
these projects and to spend the money and resources on them? China
Of course it must be bad, according to the Bloomberg article. And the words used were most crude and inappropriate for a supposedly serious article. The fact that 60 countries saw great benefits in the OBOR is not material. The fact that
is willing to pour in
‘gush of money’ in risky and not well governed countries with ‘poorly conceived
plans’ is immaterial. What is material to the author of the article is that it
is bad, bad that China is throwing money to build the infrastructure, bad that
these countries would now be closely binded to China, bad that China would be
building better relations with these countries and having more influence on
these countries. It is also bad that it
is in China’s interest to cut its transportation cost by building land roads
and no longer needs to depend on the costly sea lanes for access to goods, raw
material and markets. The countries
involved also have nothing to gain. Their leaders are stupid to be involved in
the projects, and some will have to pay for them with their natural resources. China
And worse, let me quote a Scott Kennedy, a director of the Project on Chinese Business and Political Economy at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, ‘Any time the Chinese dangle yuan in the face of foreign officials, they kind of swoon.’ The Americans would never swoon in the face of money? It must be. And it is so bad that ‘All along the
Silk Road they have opened their
hearts to the Chinese.’ Really bad! They should be opening their hearts to the
Americans by buying more American weapons for war.
What else is new? The questions to ask, what would the leaders of these countries do with their natural resources, sleep on them? Who is there to buy them if not the Chinese, the Americans? And would it be good if the Chinese could also bring in their technology to build the infrastructures they needed to trade with the world? Or should they be signing military alliances with the Americans, to allow the Americans to station troops in their countries to protect them in exchange for their natural resources and to compromise their independence?
These are poor countries, lack of technology and know how, lack of financing, and yes, the countries are not well organized or well run. Who would be willing to pour money into them and risk losing their investments? The Americans, with no strings attached?
What are the risks China is taking for pouring money and investments into these countries? According to the report, ‘With many projects destined for economically weak countries with dubious governance, China’s money could get lost to corruption or be wasted in poorly conceived plans, … Nor is there guarantee that China’s cash will win it camaraderie….China’s infrastructure bonanza also presents dangers to its own economy.’
With all the negatives, would it be better for China and these countries not to be part of the infrastructure development? The countries can continue to keep their natural resources forever and
need not bother throwing
money at them? China
Or would it be better that, according to Derek Scissors, an AEI scholar, “The Chinese are going to work very hard – throw money at any and all problems – to make sure prized ‘belt and road’ projects all work out….That could turn China’s grand Silk Road dreams into an even grander disappointment.”
Now what is so bad when China is the only loser, throwing money at poor and badly governed countries, helped them to develop, to build their infrastructure and losing money and influence and friendship? And what is so bad to these countries that are going to get everything at the expense of the Chinese with the Chinese working extremely hard for them? The Chinese must be real stupid, only know how to make money in the trillions and only know how to throw them away to these poorly governed countries that the Americans are not interested in, in the mind of the Bloomberg author.