CHINA TAKING OVER AND DOMINATING TRADE AND INDUSTRY ACROSS THE GLOBE – The Chinese are coming, run for the hills! Well that might all seem a little dramatic and the truth is the Chinese are already here and have, quite successfully and quietly, taken over to become the dominating force in the world.
Today, with a population of over 1.3 billion, which is still controlled by an almost secretive political base, there is little that the Chinese are not involved in on a global scale.
China’s economy is moving a breakneck speed and there appears little to either slow it down or stop it. Take a look around the stores and you will hard pressed to find anything that is not made in China. Almost all of the good manufactured for the world in clearly marked ‘Made in China’.
While this may not come as much of a surprise there are aspects that many of us are unaware of. For instances let’s take the UK’s Nuclear Power Industry. It was only recently that Centrica pulled out of the Anglo-French partnership that was planning to build the next generation of Nuclear Power Stations. It is now widely accepted that China’s state owned Guangdong Nuclear Power Group is poised to step in and take over the project. This will of course allow China to control the UK’s power needs in the future which will have far reaching complications – the UK will simply have to bend to the will of those in Beijing if we are to continue having sufficient power to heat and light our homes.
Does that sound a little too farfetched? Consider this… China lends more money to foreign countries than the World Bank. That’s a fact and its trade with the globe has increased six times in less than ten years, from just over £300 billion in 2001 to nearly £1.9 trillion in 2010.
China is, whether we like it or not, the dominant force globally, they are the new Superpower and there is nothing that the West is capable of doing to either stop it or remedy it.
Some analysts have likened China to locus – they come, they feed, they leave little in their wake. Again, does this sound so farfetched? Look closely at Burma or Myanmar as it is now officially known. Here a government to government deal was struck for the Chinese to mine Jade. According to reports some 100,000 men and women toil in the ground in order to extract the precious stones. These are then taken back to China – there is not manufacturing of these within Burma and many believe that China is simply raping the country of one of its most valuable natural resources and will up and leave as soon as there is no more to be found; leaving the country as it found it… poor.
Burma is certainly not the only country that is being taken advantage of. Many parts of Africa are fully exploited for their natural resources with very little being given in return.
In my view, and looking at the history of Thailand, this is another country that was raped for its natural resources, this being Tin. Even today the so-called Bangkok Elite are known as Chinese/Thai, due to their descendants taking over the Tin Mines. In my view the Chinese never left Thailand but simply took over the running of it, and certainly not for the good of the people. Most Thais are extremely poor and something in the region of 98% of the country’s wealth is controlled by less than 1% of the Chinese/Thai population. The Thais of course appear ignorant to the fact that the Chinese have been ruling Thailand for over 400 years, but this is by design as education is severely restricted so that information, such as this, is not provided.
What is China’s plan for the global community? That is anyone’s guess but with China being the most prolific nation on earth to hack into Western computer systems it is worrying that they are simply trying to learn all they can about us and our weaknesses – will it ever get to a point where China is successfully able to take over our entire armed services, or worse take charge of our nuclear deterrent?
It appears as if the Chinese are indifferent to corruption, in fact is appears to be a way of life for many. Almost all of the African countries that China is dealing with openly allow its dictators to cream heavily from the construction projects that China provides, in return for lucrative government to government contracts, over their natural resources.
Most airports, schools and even hospitals are never even built as money is simply diverted into the pockets of the corrupt dictators – something that China appears unconcern about.
How bad can it get? That really depends on the view you take and how much you cherish your liberty and freedom. China has a knack for going against the grain and whether this is just to snub the West is open to debate.
It is no secret that despite the West’s efforts to rein in Iran, and its nuclear program, that China has openly snubbed the U.N sanctions imposed against Iran. In just the last 5 years China has become Iran’s biggest trade partner and that is not surprising considering the vast oil reserves that Iran holds. China is certainly no fool when it comes to exploitation and in fact the very sanctions imposed upon Iran have helped China develop such close trading terms with Iran.
Are we all being a bit xenophobic regarding China’s relentless march across the globe or is there real concern? Some feel that China is only doing what the British did in the years of colonialism, while others feel that this is more sinister and could lead to long-terms global domination under a regime that will not take no for an answer.
There is no arguing that China is changing. It is becoming more open, in certain aspects, and whereas once it was completely closed off, it is now spreading its wings and venturing out in to the world of capitalism and market dominance like no other country before it.
What is the shape of things to come? Unfortunately we can only speculate and there are those that deeply fear China’s development and others that simply see it as a new trading partner.