Once, very long ago, I once branded the Communist rebels as agents of Chinese businessmen in the country. The Mao-Beijing connection wasn’t that farfetched. They do praise the Cultural Revolution and read passages from the little Red Book. It wasn’t until I realized the tectonic plates have already moved ideological and political waves since the 1980’s.
In the hopes of reinvigorating a flagging Stalinist economy, Chairman Deng allowed Foreign Direct Investment and reopened the stock market. In the span of less than a decade, the Politburo of the Communist Party of China (CPC) has converted the once centrally commanded communes and reinstated the market economy suppressed by Mao Zedong in the Cultural Revolution. First in the special market zones of coastal Shanghai and then across the countryside.
Since the return of Capitalism to China in 1979 and the neoliberal revolution adopted by the pragmatic Deng Xiaoping many Maoist revolutionaries,the local Party included, has branded the(CPC) of taking the capitalist road and eschewing the socialist revolution. They currently view China as a growing Imperialist power that will rival the hated superpower of the world: the United States of America.
A Clash of Empires
Amidst the backdrop of growing Chinese might – supplied by the surplus labor of lowly paid village laborers – the Philippines finds itself fighting a neighboring power for control over territory. Most celebrated of which is the Spratly’s Islands claims and recently Chinese ships entering sovereign territorial zone of the Philippines to fish. All of which set the backdrop for an eternal power struggle and competition over limited resources. A clash of peoples rendered more acute with increasing population on both countries and dwindling resources.
Is worse to come? Probably. But in order to accurately predict the future we must cast a wider net and see other countries perspective with Sino expansionism. You see kababayans, we aren’t the only ones who have a problem with Beijing’s entrepreneurial Imperialism.
In a special coverage by the BBC (British Broadcasting Company), the Chinese business ethic and relations with third world countries, particularly Africa, was bared for all too see. In the special coverage showcased the relations between Chinese expats and their host countries. Both good and bad impressions were made as Beijing’s aid policy, corporate and diplomatic policy slowly worms its way into the continent. But regardless of whether the Orient made a good impression on their black compatriots once thing reasserts itself with the peoples of resource-rich Africa. They just can’t help but feel that they’re just being extracted for raw materials.