@Jane_Williamson “You are totally disingenuous if you…”
Jane, I don’t pretend to be more knowledgeable than the average wo/man-in-the-street on Chinese society or international politics, and I defer to your being probably better informed in these matters than I am, even an ‘insider’ .
I think there is greater ideological anxiety in America about China than is warranted by the way that nation seems to conduct it’s affairs outside its borders, which seems manifestly less militarily aggressive than the US in terms of starting or fomenting wars outside its territories.
I’m not so naive as to suppose that investment in another country does not entail political strings, but from what I have personally witnessed in Africa of Chinese support, it has been enormously generous (e.g. the Tazara railway link) and very sensitive to local concerns and opportunities for meaningful trade, education and community development.
It’s a pity that international cooperation and collaboration has to be poisoned with exaggerated suspicion, and by fanning the flames of reds-under-the bed xenophobia as is the wont of right-wing American administrations stretching across many decades. I’ve witnessed so many of them I am sick at heart, and yearn for something more optimistic, and genuinely achievable by people of good will. Of whom there is, I think, a broad majority worldwide.