A push against China indeed. Where are the muscles? Let me write here: if you look at 2,000 years of economic history, it is going to be a very hard one. In at least 6 centuries where China dominated in the last 10 centuries, what we are experiencing now followed the same trajectory. Joe Biden calls Nigeria, Gabon, Kenya, Argentina, etc and offers a line of credit. China calls and gives CASH, soon e-yuan. Who do you think they will listen to?
As the UK cuts its health aid, hitting nations like Nigeria, Kenya, etc, it will be shocked that its aid would be replaced with loans from China. Then magically, calls from Boris, UK prime minister, to African capitals get muted.
“The United Kingdom is a major provider of foreign aid, and is the world’s second largest bilateral health aid donor after the United States. The UK is also a major donor to the global health multilateral agencies. However, the UK government recently announced it will only supply bilateral aid to 34 countries, thereby eliminating the aid budget for 102 previously supported countries. The consequences of this sudden departure will affect health systems globally. “
A report by Premium Times notes that pregnant women and new babies will be affected in Nigeria. Of course, the government has to look for how to make up the budget. If China helps, that adds up to the affinity.
The National President of the Medical Women Association of Nigeria under the Partnership for Advocacy in child and family health At Scale, Minnie Oseji, has lamented the decision of the United Kingdom to withdraw the annual £3 million into the basket fund for Family Planning (FP) commodities of Nigeria.
Mrs Oseji, in a statement issued to journalists in Abuja, asked the Minister of Finance and Nigeria’s federal government to step in and fill the gap to prevent the negative consequences that poor funding of family planning can cause in an already overpopulated country with dire demographic challenges.
“Between 2012 to 2020, the UK government pledged and paid into the Nigeria FP commodities basket fund a total of 21million pounds for the procurement of FP commodities. UK government support contributed to saving the lives of millions of Nigerian women who would otherwise be unable to delay pregnancies and be at risk of maternal death,” she said
The fact is this: pushing against China from Washington DC, London, Berlin, Brussels, etc without taking into consideration how it is making friends in the growing economies of the future will not amount to much.
This is my summary: the world should learn how to live with China because China stubbornly bulldozed its way to the big club, to the surprise of the gatekeepers, via its own model, and it deserves respect. I call African leaders to learn from China: you need to come up with your own playbooks because the UK, US, Germany, etc playbooks are not the only ways.
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