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The Affordable Chinese

China makes into way to the hearts and minds of developing countries by building roads, sports stadiums, national theatres and water wells. Chinese businessmen come to Africa, for example, with a spade, hammer and cash in one hand and their cheap merchandise and business deals in the other. Mention America, and people will immediately think of its firepower; mention China, and people will point at everything they use in their homes, offices and farms.

Look at the manufacturer of any computer equipment or software, designer clothes or accessories, entertainment and music. All you can see is “Made in China”. With America and Europe closing their markets to the Third World either through stringent and self-serving trade regulations, painful property rights, environmental claims or selective binding of human rights to international trade, China has become the only open market for small African and Asian businessmen. Even shopkeepers in rural African villages order their stocks from China.

Obviously, in the scramble for African and Asian markets, China may have expediency on its side. And expediency may be the mantra of the new age global business. With oil prices skyrocketing and rising food prices hurting millions of people around the world, Third World people may not have the luxury to waste time on China’s ugly arms deal with Zimbabwe or its unethical oil investments in Sudan and elsewhere. Their real concern is where they can get the next shipment of rice or flour with the most affordable price. As of today, only China gives value to their meager resources. So the developing world sees the “ugly Chinese” as the affordable Chinese.

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