Originally Posted by boatman61
Kipling called it 'The Great Game'...
The US and China are the 'New Boys on the Block'...
Yes I agree, nobody or almost nobody gives money
for free but the Chinese foreign policy is a lot smarter; While Americans give money
to corrupt politicians that they want to have as immediate allies and leave the population as poor as it was before the Chinese rarely give money but build infrastructures that are needed for development, dams, power stations, roads railways and so on.
But they don't give the money to the politicians to do them, they build them themselves that way they make sure the money will be used for the population and not to fill the pockets of corrupt politicians.
The end result is that Americans tend to be associated with the corrupt politicians and the Chinese are viewed as helping the people.
Now, if someone think this means that I am pro-Chinese and anti-American or anti-Western, he is crazy. What this means is my irritation to see the objectives of external policy to be better accomplished by China
then by the Western coalition and my desire western countries to start being more efficient helping the populations and countries that need help improving their image among them.
The image, or by other words, what the others think about us, is a fundamental toll in what regards global strategy at a long term.