|US fallacy of dominance suffers a serious knock|
|Saturday, 02 June 2012 17:44|
The United States has always had a knack for harbouring superfluous ambitions which are embedded in its fixation with seeing itself as a superpower and central figure of Western hegemony.
Because of this, the US fallacy of dominance has suffered a serious knock, prompting Washington to come up with measures to counter the Chinese influence.
In the lecture titled US Policy in Africa and its Intersection with Chinese Interests and delivered on April 6, Mr Wharton gave away his ambitions as he laid out the guidelines that he will be working under when he assumes office in Harare in the coming weeks.
“On democracy and governance, the United States is unapologetic in supporting the majority of Africans in their quest for democracy and human rights even when our efforts are castigated as a violation of sovereignty by those that seek to tighten the political space.
“The US approach to conflict mitigation also includes approaches that are sometimes termed interventionist such as economic sanctions and trials of war crimes . . . such as Sudan and Zimbabwe,” he said.
“Because of its own tragic experience with foreign meddling in the past, China follows a non-interventionist policy and to seek good relations with any government regardless of that government’s record on democracy and human rights issues. Although this policy may limit the international community’s ability to isolate some regimes politically and economically, it should not be misconstrued as obstructionist.
“China adapts very quickly to political change and embraces new governments as they emerge, even when those governments displaced governments with which China had good relations. Formal recognition of Taiwan is the only major redline for re-engagement,” he said.
“China, thus far, on the other hand, has not been a major player except for its relative limited support in UN peacekeeping missions of about 1 500 peacekeeping troops spread around Africa,” he said.
“It’s wrong to say we are in competition for resources. Increased trade is in the interests of the United States because Africa’s economic growth is a core policy objective and has an economic potential that is still untapped.
China more without dislodging those of us that are already there,” he said.
“The United States has become sulky and jealous of Chinese investment in Africa. The US has become very afraid of the Asian giant because the Chinese government sits on US$3 trillion, which is the highest figure of the greenback in the world.