Chinese President Hu Jintao is on a 10-day-visit to Africa now. Many state-owned news media such as Xinhua News Agency and People’s Daily, headline his visit on their websites’ front page almost everyday. His tour has also attracted attention from Chinese netizens.
The Chinese government regards Hu’s visit as a great diplomatic victory. Many Chinese echo with exultance.
A popular post applaudeded Hu’s effort in Sudan’s Darfur crisis, China vs. the US in Africa: Bush failed, Hu Jintao succeeded!!!
Bush failed, brother Hu succeeded with smile!!!
Sino-Africa friendship is a true friendship!!!!!!
Support brother Hu!!!!
China’s role in Africa from Singapore’s Zaobao is one of the popular articles,
Many bloggers seem to not understand China’s Africa strategy, especially Hu’s promised economic aid to Africa. They think China is a poor, developing country. It should take care of its own business before it goes out to help others.
This blogger, benfei, strongly questions China’s policy in helping Africa,
This blogger, RuYi, is suspicious of the policy, but he is not so emotional and even makes his own suggestions on helping Africa.
I think before we help others,
we should see whether our commitments are proportional to our economic strength.
We should know that our country is a developing country,
our economic foundation remains weak.
Compared with those developed countries on per capita level, we are still poor.
I am not against helping African countries,
But we must see China currently has a series of problems.
We have many poor students. They get no funding to go to school.
Yet, we need to fund 2000 and more African students to study in China.
He continues to offer his 7 advices on helping Africa:
1. Seek voluntary university students to go and help Africa;
2. More help in building Africa's police system, stabilize the societies;
3. Set up Chinese areas in Africa;
4. Encourage Chinese businesspersons to develop in Africa;
5. Transfer some agricultural technologies to Africa;
6. Advise Chinese in Africa to get the local citizenship;
7. Completely open bilateral trade.
Although Chinese opinions on China’s Africa strategy are not so unified, people are getting more and more interested in Africa.
Voc.com.cn has recently started a special session, Read Elites’ Works, Taste African Coffee, for propagating African culture. Moreover, they have invited the Ethiopian Ambassador, Haile Kiros Gessesse and Kenya's Ambassador, Ruth Sereti Solitei, to start blogs on their site.