Chinese officials furious over Japan leader’s trip to Ethiopia

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  1. ቄሴና አንገረብ says:

    የጃፓን ኢንቨስትመንት በአፍሪካ መኖር በጣም ጥሩ ነገር ነው። አሜሪካኖች፣ አውሮፓውያኖች ቢኖሩ የበለጠ ጥሩ ነገር ነው። ቻይናም ትኑር ምንም አይደል ግን ቻይና ብቻዋን ሆና እዛ ከዲክታተሮች ጋር እየተሞዳሞደች ሙስና እያስፋፋች ህዝብ በረሀብ የሚያልቅበት ምክንያት ለምን አስፈለገ?።

  2. Mario says:

    Here comes another round of Africa being a battle ground for the powerful. Before (during the cold war) it was between the west (capitalism) and the east (communism). Now it is between China and Japan. This number could go up as the competitions among other powerful nations gears up.

    For Africans it is like as their own saying goes, “When two elephants fight, it is the grass that get hurt”.

    The Chinese are using PM Abe’s visit to the Yasakuni Shrine as an excuse to show their military muscle and ensure their superiority in the region. As far as I am concerned, there is a lot of lesson we Ethiopians can learn from the Chinese action in Addis Ababa. That is, slowly but surely our country is being taken over by the Chines. What we know so far is the tip of the iceberg and we need to do our best to increase awareness regarding this issue.

    China and Japan! Better keep your propaganda war where it belongs and leave Africans alone. Africa should not be a continent where the powerful recycle their fight for dominanance and human and natural resources exploitation.

    If Chinese in Addis Abeaba protest the presence of Japanese PM, why can’t we Ethiopians start protesting the dominance and over-presence of the Chinese in Ethiopia? No one wants to be crashed by elephantoid feet like the grass underneath. The sooner we do it, the better!!!

    • teshome says:

      @Mario
      I beg to differ on some of points you raised. The cold war era, to be honest with you, Africans were obliged to live unconscious irrespective of the creator plan for us. Every single country in Africa was a victim of the political miscalculations and revenge of the westerns. That part of the job was a divisive among Africans and created a lot of deepening political polarizations.
      Africans individually or collectively had seriously learned from the foul politics of American and Russian lead capitalism and communism respectively and this has nothing to do with Sion-African and the recent japan interest in Africa. If at all such a provision exists it won’t be more than a prejudice.
      The recent interest of Japan on African is something Americans call it a blessing disguise. We need the competition of foreign investment in Africa. Please so far, know that Chinese kindness to invest in the difficult situation AFRICA, where infrastructure is underdeveloped, has meant so much to US. We need to give credit where it is due.
      Please mark my word, the current Japan interest will bring many blessing and benefits for Africans. Sooner or later we will see injection of billions and billions of dollars to the African Economy from both countries. However we need a wise China and Japan to invest in Africa, and wiser African leaders to exploit this opportunity.
      Mario, as you tried to state it, the battle of China and Japan won’t be in Ethiopia. Just for your information, china had almost invest more than 60 billion dollars in Africa, but Ethiopian share won’t be more than 3 billion. So we talk about china and Japan interest, it should be in the context of Africa but not from narrow angle of Ethiopian investment.
      At this time, I would like to candidly advice Ethiopian government to create a strong diplomacy with Japan and even assign a stronger diplomat as Ambassodor Seyoum mesifin of china. I think the Hailameriam administration will take this assignment seriously.

  3. teshome says:

    Interestingly interesting, the clash of these two Gaints will definitely bring many blessing and benefits for Africans. China had already injected billions and billions of dollars dollars to African economy and Aficans with one voice said to ‘AMEN’ to Chinese investment. The saying goes, African is a gift of china.
    The Japanese government and investors had to go alone way go to compete with their Chinese fellows, and the journey is gonna be much tougher. But if the Japanese government is trying to play dirty politics in Africa, like creating deliberate ambiguity about Chinese investment, then the flash back will be so sever as it is not readily armed with good reasons and logical thoughts. Africans knew very well to which countries to support because the last one decayed Chinese-African ties was unshakable even for the most economically and politically powerful country in the world, America.
    I have one message for Japanese government and investors, if you are really willing to open your wallet to help Africans, in return help yourself, never interfere with African politics and never put any prerequisite as your Chinese fellows were doing. Africans are fade up with Neo-liberal thinking and we have our own economic liberalization, privatization and deregulation in the context of African. Respect the right of Africans and we have the right to chose our own economic policy. This where Americans failed in African imposing market fundamentalist idea. We say Neo-liberal thinking is a mental disorder, and this is something Africans don’t love to entertain, at least at this moment.
    We advice again the Japanese, to review the documents they have for Africans and get back to us soon.

  4. Tatek says:

    We have seen time and again the rivalry between the two Asian giants and their recent border dispute that has almost heightened the security situation in the region. But I am surprised that the Chinese want to use Ethiopia as their battlefield against their neighbor. This is quite bizarre and has no room in the 21st century. The regime of Hailemariam Desalegn, just as so many across the continent, is so cozy with the Chinese in bed, perhaps because the Chinese don’t care about human rights, good governance, rule of law, financial integrity and standing up to corruption. In his interview with VOA’s Peter Heinlein back in September 2013, Mr Desalegn said his Government is enjoying Chinese style one party system or his country’s one dominant party style of rulership because this ensured stability. But history is crystal clear that the excesses emanating from one party system have been so huge to society and they often breed costs like strict control of every institution, indoctrination of the young, advocating marginalization, crippling public choices and the elevation of a single collective goal above every other value. No question Chinese investment in Africa is increasing rapidly in recent years but how much benefit is it bringing to the continent? Can the Chinese really pump the kinds of billions the EPRDF need to cover a third of the national budget that the west, including Japan, are covering right now, mainly when more than a billion of their own people live below poverty line? Both Addis Ababa and Beijing may boast that their economy is growing at double digit figures, Beijing’s has actually lowered to below 6%, but the gains in both capitals is quite fragile and reversible. We respect the Chinese for who they are as the emerging economy and a solid global economic and Military power, but in my view, we are not ready to receive instructions from Beijing, and as such, we sincerely ask them to respect our sovereignty and take their problems with Japan back to Asia.

  5. chane says:

    @teshome
    የአንተ አስተሳሰብ ማለት እንደ ድሮው የታንዛኒያው መሪ ፕሬዘዳንት ኔሬሬ “አፍሪካን ሶሻሊዝም” ብሎ ከ25 አመት በሁዋላ ተሳስቻለሁ ብሎ እንዳለው እንዳይመሳሰልብኝ ፈርቻለሁ። ወይም ምናልባት የቻይና ሞዴል እያሉ ከሚንቀሳቀሱት አንደኛው ልትሆን ትችላለህ።

    አንድ ሀገር የራሱን ኢኮኖሚ ፖሊሲ ሲያወጣ ከኢነተርናሽናል የኢኮኖሚና የፖለቲካ ሁኔታ ጋር አዛምዶ ነው። ለዚህም ለማዛመድ በሙከራ ላይ ያለችው ቻይና ናት። በኢኮኖሚ ለማዛመድ እየሞከረች ነው እየሰራም ነው። በፖለቲካ ደግሞ ብዙ ጊዜም የሚፈጅባት አይመስለኝም አሁን ያለችበትን የፖለቲካ መንገድ ለመልቀቅ ማለት ነው። አፍሪካ ደግሞ ግራ የተጋባች ትመስላለች። አፍሪካ ውስጥ በአሁኑ ሰአት ሙስና እንጂ ትክክለኛ የኢኮኖሚ ፖሊሲ የለም።

    ለአፍሪካ የችግሩ ምክንያት የነበረው አፍሪካ የኒዎ ሊበራሊዝም መስመር በመከተሉዋ ሳይሆን ለአፍሪካ ችግር ምክንያቱ የኮሎኒያሊዝምና የኮሚኒዝም ተፅእኖ ነው። ኮሎኒያሊዝም ሞቶአል። ኮሚኒዝምም እየሞተ ነው።

    ኒዎ ሊበራሊዝም አፍሪካ ውስጥ አይሰራም ላልከው ነገር፣ ኒዎ ሊበራሊዝምም በለው ምንም በለው በአፍሪካ ውስጥ እስከ ዛሬ ተሞክሮ አያውቅም፣ በስራ ላይም አልዋለም፣ ምን እንደሚመስል አነተም አታውቀውም። አንድ የምእራባውያን መፅሄት ላይ እንዳነበብኩት ስለ መለስ ዜናዊ ሲናግር “ዲክታተርሺፕ ትክክል መሆኑን ለማስረዳት በህይወቱ ብዙ የጣረ መሪ ቢኖር አሱ ነው” ብሎታል። አንተም ኒዎ ሊበራሊዝም ትክክል እንዳልሆነ ከሱ ወስደህ ልታስረዳን ብዙ ሞክረሀል።

    ለማንኛውም በኢኮኖሚ የበለፀጉ ሀገሮች አፍሪካን ይፈልጉዋታል፣አፍሪካም ትፈልጋቸዋለች። አለማችን አንድ ናት ግማሽ አለም ብሎ ነገር የለም። ምእራባውያን ከአፍሪካ ጋር የኢኮኖሚ ግንኙነት በሚያካሂዱበት ጊዜ ደግሞ የህግ የበላይነት እንዲኖር ደግሞ ይፈልጋሉ።ለህግ የበላይነት ደግሞ መስራትና መስማማት ለሁሉም ይጠቅማል።
    የህግ የበላይነት እንዲኖር የማይፈልጉ ደግሞ በፖለቲካ ጣልቃ ገብነትና፣ በኒዎ ሊበራሊዝም አራማጅነት ምእራባውያንን ይፈርጁአቸዋል። የፖለቲካ ጣልቃ ገቢነት በለውም፣ አትበለውም፣ እነሱ ወደፊት ከሚሄዱበት ግስጋሴ ማንም አይገታቸውም። የጊዜና የቅደም ተከተል ጉዳይ ካልሆነ በስተቀር።

    አሁን ቻይና አፍሪካ ውስጥ የምታደርገውን የኢኮኖሚ ፖሊሲ አንተና የአንተ አመለካከት ያላቸው ሊስማማቸው ይችላል። ለሌሎቹ ቡድኖች ደግሞ ላይስማማ ይችላል። አፍሪካ ደግሞ የሁላችም ናት እንጂ የአንተና የቻይና ብቻ አይደለችም።

  6. da says:

    Nice to see an interesting page, full of different ideas.
    Observe here, there are no Sedbo Aderoch, like Beza, Jo, Obsaa, Haftom etc. since they cannot contribute any important ideas.

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