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  • On Economic Freedom, Africa Should Be More Strategic Than China

    African Union chairman Jean Ping’s recent op-ed espouses China as the model of economic excellence to which African countries should aspire. Ping praises China’s globalization, particularly in enterprise development, trade, and investment in Africa. However, Ping structures his argument around a misinformed premise.

    He assumes that since China is a major business partner with Africa ($43.7 billion in investment), it provides an economic model that will spur growth and provide resilience against market decline in African countries. This assumption is fundamentally flawed. Africa is not capable of emulating China, nor should it try to.

    Many African countries, burdened by years of political instability, have feeble economic infrastructure. They also lack the market size and massive work force that China possesses. China is therefore an ill-fitting model.

    Even more important, China is not an economic ideal to which African countries should aspire. The Chinese economy rests on a fragile foundation and lacks freedom. The Communist Party maintains tight authority over all economic decision making, undermining long-term productivity. The reform process that brought ordinary Chinese so many gains has been sacrificed in recent years for the sake of enriching the giant Chinese companies that now roam Africa. The Chinese economy remains mostly unfree.

    Instead of using China as a model, African countries should look to vibrant peers that possess freer economies than China as formulas for meaningful economic development. According to The Heritage Foundation’s Index of Economic Freedom, both Botswana and Mauritius are far freer economically than is China. Botswana, a country once dependent on its diamond industry, has achieved considerable growth through its sensible regulatory environment and openness to foreign investment. The small island nation of Mauritius has achieved extensive economic progress by limiting government intervention in a robust private sector. Both countries have achieved greater economic freedom than many countries in Europe (e.g., France and Greece).

    Africa has much to offer and much to gain in global trade and investment. At best, China can be a useful business partner for Africa—but never an economic model. In the quest for a proven formula for enduring prosperity, Africa can and should be wiser than China by pursuing greater economic freedom.

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    6 Responses to On Economic Freedom, Africa Should Be More Strategic Than China

    1. Jean Mallebay-Vacque says:

      No African group of countries benefits from the benefits of the massive size of China and its unifying while totalitarian political regime. more importantly, while China suffered 60 years of Communism, its culture was forged by millenniums of trade and industry. Not such models in Africa which economics may resemble more the early Americas' situation. This provides the opportunity to apply the founding fathers' pragmatic while principled approach, rooted in the American Constitution and its practices, and we should select and encourage a few demonstration sites in Africa.

    2. Leon Lundquist, Dura says:

      Morgan, thanks. I thought it was great when Nixon went to China and split the Soviet Bloc. It was a genuine 'leap forward' for which Republicans deserve credit. Socialism is better than anarchy! It is better than feudalism! What makes Socialism evil in America is that you have to destroy our Representative Democracy to impliment it. Representative Constitutional Democracy (with Sovereign Citizens) is the ONLY workable model.

      What in blazing Hell is Obama doing? He leaves out the key word 'Representative' democracy. He and Elena Kegan leave out the "Under God" part of our Declaration of Independance. That is what Obama and his operatives have done in the Middle East. Great, if the Obama Administration 'community organized' for Representative Democracy, but No! They betray the Mid East by failing to teach that Representative part, the Citizen Sovereignty part!

      You are so right! It is a modern day tragedy that Africans are encouraged to democracy when democracy always leads to tyranny! Sure enough, twenty, thirty years down the road America and her allies (if we have any left) will be fighting nuclear war with the Kalaphet that Obama's blindness will create! Some Peace Prize winner! He will be the cause of billions of deaths! And endless war! I ain't going to peacefully go down to Communism! My Spirit and my God are destroyed by it! There are fates worse than death!

    3. Zhuubaajie, Hong Kon says:

      What does "free" mean in the context of the economy? It either grows, like China, or stagnates, as in the West. Mixing political ideology with economics simply is a fool's game. Mao tried that and it did not work. Today it is only the diehard fools in the West that preach the purist "freedom and democracy" demagogy, even when it had been proven over the last 30 years to FAIL miserably.

    4. Zhuubaajie, Hong Kon says:

      Representative Constitutional Democracy (with Sovereign Citizens) ?

      "Under God", no less!!!

      It would be so funny if it is not so sad. When you think of it, how could a people so rich, so pampered, be so blind as to continue to pick their "leaders" solely on the basis of how good the candidates look coiffeured on TV, and how well those same good looking ones can tell lies (campaign promises being such a huge oxymoron, everyone in America KNOWS that there is no promise in those promises), AND how well those same candidates can drum up corporate loot to pay for ads..

      So what the hey are those "Sovereign Citizens" doing, the rest of the world wonders.

    5. Leon Lundquist, Dura says:

      Zhuubaajie, happy to debate that point: Americans became "rich" because of the miraculous nature of Free Enterprise (sorry we do not have Free Enterprise anymore, I will concede). It does no harm whatsoever for the People (even Chinese) to believe in their own immortal Spirit. The Communists do not have the right to Totalitarian Government because we are defined in America as Sovereign Citizens under the Declaration Of Independance. Our Founders used God to unite our Nation. It means NObody else can tell Americans how to live, we are not animals in Obama's Animal Farm.

      Oh! It seems stupid to you perhaps, that we Americans quaintly believe in God, or in our Spirits! But that is the guarantee built into our Government, their power comes from us People. Our power to self govern comes from God. Quaint, yes, but that means No One Else but God can take our People Power away from us. Not Obama! Watch, we will Impeach him and his whole damned half vast Left Wing Conspiracy. I thought you Chinese were philosophically sophisticated! What? You don't know about God? The Spirit? Well, shame on you.

    6. Bobbie says:

      Zhuubaajie, Hong Kong, What does “free” mean in the context of the economy? "FREE" economy runs without government infringement or influence.

      Zhuubaajie Mixing political ideology with economics simply is a fool’s game.

      Beyond our control. Came in behind our backs from foreign sources. .

      Zhuubaajie Today it is only the diehard fools in the West that preach the purist “freedom and democracy” demagogy, even when it had been proven over the last 30 years to FAIL miserably.

      Don't confuse the west with the leaders and brainwashed of the west. The leaders and brainwashed are preaching distortion, fools of defiance. All successes are the people's doing. All failures are government interventions disrespecting the people, principles, values of this country..

      Zhuubaajie A people so rich and pampered?


      A people free to pursue their dreams without the dictatorship of government. A people of free will to make their own individual lives what they can and at their own will, without the dictatorship of government. A people responsible for their own existence without the dictate of government. A people that take on their personal duty, to govern themselves, without the dictate of government.

      FYI- As all life is born individually all minds have the ability and freedom to think individually without government or sinister indoctrination.

      A people that thought it good for all mankind of the world to live free, without the dictatorship of government. Pardon us, if you're in favor of communism, socialism, dictatorship, government dependency. And pardon us for not being in control of the actions of those defying us, in government, showing out of control authority and beyond our control to correct. We're outnumbered and have been taken over.

      Although the government (in general) of America no longer represents the strengths, values and principles of this country, there are plenty of us that will continue to fight for it.

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