Author: News Writing Group of MOS Opal Reviewer: Ivy
“No matter how the international landscape may change, China will always be a staunch member of the developing countries and stand shoulder to shoulder with other developing countries as their reliable friend and trusted partner,” Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister WANG, Yi said on September 26, 2020 while chairing the virtual conference on poverty alleviation and South-South cooperation.
Wang laid out four proposals which are to prioritize the 2030 Agenda, to eliminate the poverty, to win the battle against Covid-19 and to jointly galvanize South-South cooperation for a new era.
Wang stressed that development is the foundation for peace and for human survival and dignity and hoped more developing countries will join China’s Belt and Road Initiative to build up connectivity for high-quality development.
Wang also urged to unlock the potential of cooperation in digital economy, 5G and other new fields and, through such cooperation, speed up economic restructuring and upgrading.
Wang concluded: “China puts countries’ shared interests first and always seeks to synergize its own development with the common development of all developing countries.”
Is it true? Let’s take a look what the Chinese Communist Party led government did to the developing world.
When China’s Belt and Road initiative (BRI) was launched in 2013, it received warm welcome by the developing countries with bad credit ratings, which were desperate for money. Seven years later those vulnerable countries were pushed into a painful debt crisis.
The deficiencies of BRI on Sri Lanka mega project was revealed after the completion of the first phase in 2010. The projects of a new deep seaport, an airport, a stadium, a giant conference center and new roadways were financed via loans with interest rates as high as 6% provided by China, which is much more expensive than the interest rates in the 0.25% to 3% range offered by the World Bank. After the projects were built, Sri Lanka sunk into a debt crisis. China eventually seized a 70% share of the deep seaport at Hambantota for 99 years for $1.12 billion in 2017. Sri Lanka is not alone as the list of countries in debt keeps growing. Wherever the BRI reached, Chinese companies brought fraud and corruption. Today, the Belt and Road initiative which American officials criticized as “debt trap diplomacy” lost support amid the scandals, debt traps and failed projects.
While building the infrastructures for the BRI participants, China was building a “Digital Silk Road” as well by helping some developing countries to construct their governments’ communication network, to install a video surveillance network for local police to monitor citizen activity and to train the officials from these countries on internet control. These countries, such as Vietnam, Tanzania and Kenya are adopting Chinese authoritarian model against cyber freedom. Indeed, China is pushing the authoritarian ideology and system to these countries with President XI Jinping’s call for “Community of Common Destiny for Mankind”.
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What’s worse, Chinese business tycoon, the pioneer and leading activist of the Whistleblower Movement, Miles Guo revealed on July 30, 2020 that the CCP has been building a P3 lab in Iran for the past 6 months, which is similar to the one in Hong Kong. Meanwhile, besides Egypt, Pakistan and North Korea, the CCP is also helping a country in the Middle East build a P3 lab over 300 meters underground. Once these countries have bio weapons, they could attack the U.S. and Israel.
China is rising aggressively instead of peacefully. The CCP is pushing back against Western values, particularly democracy, freedom and human rights and making the world less free and more dangerous. The CCP must be taken down before it’s too late.