Johannesburg, March 18,2013 – International award winning journalist and Chinese academic Professor Ying Chan has warned his native country to uphold internationally recognised values as to change its negative image.
The Hong Kong based Professor Chan in an exclusive interview to BizDay warned that “money alone doesn’t bring credibility” in reference to the increasing role China is playing in the development of Africa.
Among other things China has in the past decade invested in Africa’s infrastructural development such as dams, roads, bridges, mineral extraction and also building of state institutions such as Defense College in Zimbabwe.
China has proved to be an economic powerhouse by lifting millions of its citizens from abject poverty into the middle class strata.
“China has managed to lift hundreds of millions of our citizens from extreme poverty into the middle class which is one landmark success of the past few decades”, said Professor Chan.
Chan also urged Chinese companies and Parastatals in Africa to appreciate local cultures as a way of arresting the acrimony that has been reported across the continent towards Chinese companies.
“Due to failure to appreciate local cultures the relationship has been cynical and stereotypical but this can change if Chinese start appreciating local cultures”, said Chan.
Since 2005 China has deliberately made a plan to make Africa its main focus this has been evidenced of late by the incoming Chinese President Xi Jinping’s scheduled visit to South Africa.
Xi Jinping is set to visit Africa on his first foreign trip as a strong indication of where Sino-African relations are headed.
Chan also urged Chinese media to report in a more balanced way as only telling a one-sided positive story about China and Africa would be viewed as propaganda.
“It is important for the Chinese media to also report about ordinary people’s lives in Africa and not to confine themselves to stories of leaders shaking hands”, added the Chinese intellectual. BizDay