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Beijing is trying to position itself as a space benefactor to the developing world – the same countries, in some cases, whose natural resources China covets here on earth. The latest and most prominent example came last week when China launched a communications satellite for Nigeria, a major oil producer, in a project that serves as a tidy case study of how space has become another arena where China is trying to exert its soft power.

Not only did China design, build and launch the satellite for Nigeria, but it also provided a huge loan to help pay the bill. China has also signed a satellite contract with another big oil supplier, Venezuela. It is developing an earth observation satellite system with Bangladesh, Indonesia, Iran, Mongolia, Pakistan, Peru and Thailand. And it has organized a satellite association in Asia. “China is starting to market and sell this technology to developing countries that need it,” said Shen Dingli, a professor in international relations at Fudan University in Shanghai. Of the Nigeria deal, Mr. Shen added: It gives substance to Sino-African relations. Not only does China buy raw materials, but also we sell some things.”

For China, the strategy is a blend of self-interest, broader diplomacy and, from a business standpoint, an effective way to break into the satellite market. Satellites have become status symbols and technological necessities for many countries that want an ownership stake in the digital world dominated by the West, analysts say.

Surce: Snubbed by U.S., China Finds New Space Partners – New York Times

And I say it’s important, because these countries have an interesting record both in Human Rights’ violations and in percentage of poor people. I mean, why on earth are wasting resources in putting a satellite out in space if they have people who can even eat? Some people would say “ehh, that’s demagogic” -I think it’s written like that…-. But really, there are no hospitals, schools, etc to build there??

And now, China, who is itself one of the countries in the world which most violates Human rights (more here) goes through the world protecting these regimes. Consequence? These regimes have no intention to modify their structures and situations:

the Chinese posture of “noninterference” can be a cover for something more ominous. The fact is that, in the developing world, China has served as a positive impediment to Western efforts to bring about vital reforms. In 2005, for example, IMF officials were on the verge of concluding a deal with the Angolan government in which new loans would be tied to intensive monitoring to ensure that aid actually reached the poor. At the last minute, Angolan officials broke off the talks; China had stepped in, offering loans and credits worth as much as $5 billion—with no conditions.

[…] Worldwide, China’s support for dictators hurts the populations of the affected nations while endangering regional and international security. In supporting self-aggrandizing demagogues like Robert Mugabe and Hugo Chavez, China fosters instability in the world’s fragile, impoverished continents. By reducing pressure on rogue actors like Sudan and Iran, Beijing undermines any real prospect of political and social reform, all but guaranteeing that they will continue to be engines of extremism and global terror.

That is: China appears, no regime change into democracy….

related posts:

  1. Chinese PM launches Africa tour.
  2. China’s oil policy.
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BosnewsLife.it h/t Kattolikko Pensiero:

A major Christian rights group has expressed concern that Muslim militants in Nigeria are increasingly kidnapping Christian children to convert them to Islam, BosNewsLife monitored Tuesday, March 20.

Also from BosnewsLife.it h/t Kattolikko Pensiero:

Christians in north-eastern Nigeria on Thursday, March 22, mourned the death of Oluwatoyin Olusase, a Christian teacher who was killed by Muslim pupils at a secondary school for allegedly desecrating the Koran.

From Sudanese Thinker h/t Sandmonkey:

March 20, 2007 (KHARTOUM) – Two Sudanese women have been sentenced to death by stoning for adultery after a trial in which they had no lawyer and which used Arabic, not their first language, the rights group Amnesty International said.

March 22, 2007 (KHARTOUM) – Two ethnic African women from Darfur have been sentenced to death by stoning for committing adultery, while their male partners escaped punishment, a human rights activist said Thursday.

Sudanese Thinker has also written a post about what to do about it.

Portuguese blog O Insurgente has also looked upon this horrible case.

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En Nigeria, varios grupos de Defensa de los Derechos Humanos han declarado estar preocupados sobre el incremento de niños cristianos que son secuestrados para convertirlos al Islam. Asimismo y también en Nigeria, varios cristianos han asistido a un acto en homenaje de Oluwatoyin Olusase, una profesora cristiana asesinada por sus alumnos musulmanes porque decían que había desecrado el Corán.

En Sudán, dos mujeres han sido condenadas a muerte por lapidación acusadas de adulterio, después de un juicio en el que no han tenido abogado y en el que se usó el árabe cuando no era su primera lengua. Sus parejas masculinas han escapado todo castigo. Si quereis ayudar podeis ir aquí[en inglés] y mandar la carta que contiene a, entre otros, el Parlamento sudanés y la embajada sudanesa en Washington. No sé cuál será el mail de la embajada sudanesa en España. SI alguien lo sabe puede dejarlo en comentarios.


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