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Namibia Plays Key Role in China, US Trade

By    |   Wednesday, 01 November 2017 10:35 AM

During tumultuous geopolitical times where tensions between the United States and China are exacerbated by North Korea’s erratic Kim Jong Un, other nations's fates are intertwined as well. One of those nations is Namibia.

American and Chinese civilizations are culturally opposite in their view of the world and values of their citizenry. This observation is probably oversimplified in the essay penned by Samuel Huntington, "The Clash of Civilization." In Huntington's words, "The very notion that there could be ‘a universal civilization’ is a Western idea, directly at odds with the nationalism of most Asian societies.

He states intrinsic tensions between American and Chinese values and philosophies as China strives to displace the United States as the dominant world power. Namibia play a key role as the economic influence relative to borrowing seems to exist between China and Namibia — instead of the United States and Namibia. However, the trade relationship between Namibia and North Korea versus the United States appears to give the U.S. a competitive advantage, with Namibia’s annual trade approximately $400 million compared to approximately $7 million between North Korea and Namibia.

Chinese culture does not celebrate American style individualism, which measures society by how well it protects the rights and fosters the freedom of individuals. It is said in China, "order is the highest value and harmony results from a hierarchy in which participants obey Confucius' first imperative: Know thy place." This view applies not only to domestic society but also to global affairs where the Chinese view holds that China's rightful place is atop the pyramid; other States should be arranged as subordinate tributaries. Unequivocally, North Korea shares these views.

The Chinese see themselves as the center of the universe. Even President Xi Jinping declares in his published work 2014, "The Governance of China": "China's continuous civilization is not equal to anything on earth, but a unique achievement in world history." Quite to the contrary, Americans see themselves as well as exceptional and beacons of freedom, bulwarks of civilization and champions of democracy.

If North Korean influence and Chinese investment continue in Namibia and expand, they obviously pose a competitive challenge to all outsiders. The United States should key into its trade deficit before time runs out. Because China will continue its long-term commitment to expansion, as the Chinese are found to be more historical-minded and often think in terms of decades, the United States and its Western allies will undoubtedly be left behind. The game is on, and the United States is the underdog.

Bishop Combs Jr., is an ordained minister. He is the founder and pastor of the Greater Bible Way Temple Church of the Apostolic Faith; the founder and Executive Director of Christ Centered Homes, Inc.; and the president and chairman of IRCO Housing Development, Inc., all in Jackson, Mich.

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During tumultuous geopolitical times where tensions between the United States and China are exacerbated by North Korea’s erratic Kim Jong Un, other nations's fates are intertwined as well. One of those nations is Namibia.
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