Sunday, 19 August 2012

Lessons From Senegal.

Trade between Africa and China hit a record $166 billion last year, a threefold increase since 2006, while direct investment is $14.7 billion, says Chinese Commerce Minister Chen Deming.{...} 
But the investment usually comes with strings attached, with infrastructure traded for access to Africa’s vast mineral wealth as well as its marketplaces. 
It’s been an especially raw deal for the continent’s dwindling artisans{...} 
Brothers Mactar and Moussa Gueye said their first encounter with China was at a trade fair in Senegal’s capital, Dakar, in 1998. A Chinese trader approached their stand and admired their shoes, returning several times to look though never buying, said Mactar Gueye. 
Not long after, a group of Chinese buyers travelled to Ngaye Mekhe, often called Senegal’s “shoe capital.” 
“They told me they were interested in buying our product. They lied. By the end of the year, the market was flooded with my design — only made in plastic by the Chinese,” said 46-year-old Mactar Gueye.
Also, lessons from Italy.
For more than a thousand years, the Italian town of Prato in the heart of Tuscany has been a textile center synonymous with top-quality craftsmanship. 
Now, it has become home to the largest concentration of Chinese residents in Europe.They have created a parallel, off-the-books economy, raising fears of a growing Chinese foothold in Europe.{...} 
The Chinese in Prato are wary. Authorities say 20,000 are legal, but as many as 30,000 are not. Altogether, that makes the Chinese one-quarter of the local population. 
Recent police raids uncovered a string of sweatshops, where illegal workers sleep, eat and work. Paid miserable wages, they sit before sewing machines for up to 18 hours in a row, producing a total of 1 million garment items a day.{...}
At the Macrolotto industrial park, home of pronto moda — or fast fashion — warehouse after warehouse is filled with racks of low-end, trendy women's garments. There are trucks, vans and cars from all over Europe and the Middle East that have come for the "made in Italy" brand at "made in China" prices.{...} 
Because the Chinese-owned fast-fashion business does not compete with high-end textile companies, the separate Chinese economy was more or less ignored for years. 
But while the Chinese flourished, the number of Prato textile companies dropped from 7,000 to 4,000 in just one decade.
And, lessons from China.

There is a central theme shared by all three stories and that is deception for financial gain; the kind of behaviour and psychology that sunk the world economy in 2008.

Also, in all three cases the native population realizes little benefit from Chinese "investment."

For the Senegalese they found themselves being ripped-off by Chinese "businessmen" who were only interested in stealing the design of their product to capitalize on it by manufacturing a far inferior and cheaper replica.

For the Italians in Tuscany they have found their internationally valued "made in Italy" brand being co-opted by Chinese nationals seeking to pass off their shoddy Chinese made goods as finely crafted Italian made wares. Yet this influx of Chinese "investment" into Prato corresponded with the decrease in the number of textile companies in the city but I doubt the cheaper goods made by the Chinese and a cheaply paid Chinese workforce had absolutely nothing to do with it.

For China's slum dwellers they face eviction and displacement to make way for another real estate project of dubious worth aside from padding China's GDP numbers.

The video link is more telling because it exposes the deception at a national level.  The report insinuates that China's growth rates are intentionally being artificially inflated by bogus real estate schemes driven purely by speculation.  It highlights the shortcomings of real estate booms and their inherent danger.

Construction projects do stimulate growth but only in the short-term.  Once the project is done those who worked on it are out of a job and those who supplied the materials are out of income until another project comes along.  This drop in economic activity can be offset if what was constructed manufactured a good and employed a local workforce.  But that's not what's being built.  It's condos and shopping malls.  So to keep GDP numbers up they keep on building more condos and shopping malls since this generates economic activity but this can only go on for so long.

Canada should take note because that's primarily what Chinese investment in Canada is all about: condos and shopping malls of questionable necessity.  Criticism of this behaviour is deflected by claims that it contributes to the Canadian economy and creates jobs but like I said before it's only for the short term and for it to have anything of real value the investment would provide long term economic benefits and condos and shopping malls don't exactly provide this.

Meanwhile in Mongolia.
Once again, ultra-nationalists have emerged from an impoverished economy and turned upon outsiders. This time the main targets come from China, the rising power to the south.{...} 
"If we start mixing with Chinese, they will slowly swallow us up. Mongolian society is not very rich. Foreigners come with a lot of money and might start taking our women." 
Big Brother acknowledges he discovered such ideas through the nationalist groups that emerged in Russia after the Soviet Union's fall; Mongolia had been a satellite state. But the anti-Chinese tinge is distinct and increasingly popular. 
"While most people feel far-right discourse is too extreme, there seems to be a consensus that China is imperialistic, 'evil' and intent on taking Mongolia," said Franck Billé of Cambridge University, who is researching representations of Chinese people in Mongolia.
Also Asians just might be mentally ill.  No, seriously!!!
It is Killinger who has dubbed workaholics “the respectable addicts” and whose books suggest they are more the cause for alarm among their loved ones than the admiration (and rewards) our culture frequently bestows upon them. 
Workaholism “ruins lives, destroys families and causes discomfort and unhappiness,” Killinger writes in her book Workaholics.{...}
“What never ceases to amaze me,” writes Killinger, “is the workaholic’s lack of insight into how his own behaviour is affecting others.”{...} 
Experts talk of contributing factors such as domineering parents who inculcate in their young the notion of work as the highest virtue. 
The list of consequences include troubled family lives, intimacy problems, health issues, weight gain, exhaustion, limited range of outside interests.
Workaholics are often restless, impulsive and sometimes “plain reckless,” says Killinger. They are impatient, want things done now, are quick to judge, and make snap decisions that frequently lead to serious errors in judgment.{...} 
From the point of view of economists, workaholics over-supply labour “relative to what would maximize the true utility function. 
Which is to say they are not necessarily the most efficient or productive of workers as they put in, say, 75 hours weekly as a point of personal validation to accomplish what could have been achieved in 45.
If this doesn't help explain Asia's high suicide rates (South Korea, Japan, and China are in the top ten of nations ranked by suicide rate) it does help explain Japan's peculiar pop-culture scene while at the same time explaining why the Chinese are insufferably dull and bereft of any real personality.

Canada is no stranger to the deceptive ways of Chinese nationals.  Some are learning passable French so that they can immigrate to Quebec since Quebec is allowed to handle it's own immigration affairs, a privilege denied the other provinces.  However they have no intention of living in province over the long term and are only using Quebec as a back-door into Canada.  They will eventually relocate elsewhere in the country, the most likely destinations being Toronto or Vancouver as if either of those cities don't have enough Asians already.

How well Chinese nationals assimilate is a topic of debate but what is apparent is their knack for making us feel like strangers in our country making them more so the colonizer than immigrant.

And whether they contribute anything of real value to Canada is another topic of discussion.  What is accepted is their penchant for real-estate speculation and inflating the true value of housing prices into unaffordable levels for the majority of Canadians.  Since mortgage payments account for a good chunk of one's debt burdens the Chinese can pat themselves on their backs and congratulate themseleves for helping push Canadians' personal debt levels into historic territory.  Well done guys!  Now there's something to be proud of.

The ultimate question remains: do Canadians enjoy any considerable benefit from mass immigration out of Asia, particularly from China.  I think the answer is no.  Those who reap any of the benefits from this are Asian immigrants themselves with Canadians paying the costs of it as is the usual case.  There is nothing wrong with immigration from Asia in and of itself but the mass immigration out of Asia Canadians have been forced to endure has brought little benefit to them to make it worth their while and the costs too much to bear.

This is something that deserves consideration since Canada seems steadfast in surrendering it's territory and economy to Chinese interests.

Mind you, we really can't blame them for it.  They are, after all, shameless opportunists and we allow and encourage their behaviour so truly the blame rests with us.

So with that said, and considering that Canada has been down this road before, what lesson can Canada learn from all of this?  How about we need another head tax.


Alain said...

Sorry but in spite of what you have written, Muslim immigration is the biggest threat to Canada. In spite of their faults, we do not have Chinese immigrants openly rejecting the laws and seeking to impose their own on their host country. We do not have Chinese terrorists seeking the death and destruction of all non Chinese. I agree that the immigration system is completely broken, but Chinese immigrants worry me a whole lot less than the influx of Muslims.

cecil henry said...

Here is a great example of what immigration is doing to Australia, which is analogous to what is happening in Canada. The countries are very similar.

“As in other Western nations, those migrants from Asia (predominantly China) and their offspring are increasingly out-competing White Australians at gaining admission to the best schools and universities, and consequently in obtaining prestigious high-income jobs. The long-term result of this trend will inevitably be “that the entire White population (not including Jews) is likely to suffer a social status decline as these new immigrants become more numerous.”

Australian scientist and writer Dr. Peter Wilkinson examined this trend in his book “The Howard Legacy: Displacement of Traditional Australia from the Professional and Managerial Classes”.

Wilkinson is blunt in his assessment:

“In 1994 the acerbic Lee Kuan Yew, then Prime Minister of Singapore, forecast that Australians were destined to be the poor white trash of Asia. Today one can say that white Australians are destined to be the poor trash of Australia.”

He notes that

“Australia has become the first ethnic European nation to openly invite in distinct ethnic groups to provide the skills required in today’s knowledge economy. The need arises because governments have not been prepared to provide the necessary finance and motivation to sufficiently educate our own children. They have allowed ideologues in the education system to persuade parents and children that achieving certain skill levels does not matter. Recent arrivals are not fooled, they exploit existing Australian human and physical capital at the expense of the long-standing Australian families in our schools and universities.

The intergenerational transfer which has been an integral part of our society has been denied to many long established families without them realising it.”

Wilkinson makes the obvious recommendations: immigration should be reduced, universities should not have to depend on full-fee paying foreign students for cash, and a degree from an Australian university should not be a ticket to citizenship. He even suggests preferences for native-born white Australians.

Sadly, none of this seems likely at the moment.

Anonymous said...

Just to add to your essay -- a possible scenario where the head of the "Chinada" government of the future has a few words to say... HERE.

PaxCanadiana said...

...we do not have Chinese immigrants openly rejecting the laws and seeking to impose their own on their host country. We do not have Chinese terrorists seeking the death and destruction of all non Chinese.

Saying Muslim immigration is the biggest threat to Canada does not negate the fact that Chinese immigration posses certain social challenges and threats to national security.

I don't think I need to point out how assimilation-challenged the Chinese are. Over-working and wasting their money on luxury items at the shopping mall does not make one Canadian.

China's Canadian colonies are a convenient political tool to be used by Beijing to influence Canadian politics to favour China. For instance China is not an Arctic nation yet it expects to have a say on Arctic affairs. How can it accomplish this without client states to act in China's favour? This is where Canada comes in.

We also have problems with espionage (both industrial and political) from China. CSIS director Richard Fadden hinted at this to where China is influencing certain unnamed politicians in B.C. politics.

I don't disagree to the threats of excessive Muslim immigration but it's to our disadvantage to ignore the dangers of excessive Chinese as well.

Anonymous said...

Us whites should be invading China with our money and buying these properties, creating businesses and segregating ourselves in their country with these abandoned complexes. That's the only way our race can survive and repopulate at this rate.