Friday 18 June 2021
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The radicalising effect of dancing with the Dragons

Just a few days ago, news of a native Namibian buckling under a volley of bullets from a Chinese employer’s handgun leading to his instant callous death sent shock-waves within Namibia’s social fabric.
The incident was followed by a high level consolation message from the Chinese embassy in which the ambassador retorted that Namibians should also stop stealing.
As if the tragedy was not enough, the revulsion such irresponsible a statement threw citizens into a tantrum marked by revulsion and deep-seated resentment.
In other words, the ambassador’s message suggested that if Namibians are to forestall any future incident in which they get in the line of fire, they have to check themselves first and avoid trouble.
This then demand questions as to who exactly the owner of this house is and who is the visitor, who has to call the shots and who should jump?
This despicable brouhaha is but one bold example of the effects the Chinese nefarious hand-shack has brought upon this land, one of an all-conquering super dragon caught in the gridlock of a compromised relationship with the economic and political lilliputian that Namibia is.
And despite the power imbalance that characterises such an unholy marriage, the irony of it is how the leadership here likes waltzing about and selling the union as a win-win scenario of war-time comrades bound in mutual trust bent on social reform and progress.
China, being the second largest economy eclipsed by none other than the US and home to more than a billion people, has morphed into a neo-colonial Gargantuan whose rapacious appetite to unite and conquer African states has soared beyond common ground, forget what your favorite politician would like to whisper to you.
China’s desire to expand an empire bent on tilting the balance of power on the scales of geo-politics has over the years become a sobering reality for those in the first world, yet back in third world Africa we would like to pleasure ourselves by shooting that reality as a mere illusory figment of former-colonial powers.
And for all the love of our Oriental comrades, today one of theirs has taken it upon himself to murder one of ours and one but wonders where such maddening levels of arrogance came from.
This dawning reality is testimony to the reality that China’s highly placed benevolence has come with costs and we do not need to look far to see this.
Its iconic leaders in the persons of Deng Xiaoping, Hua Guofeng, Jian Zemin, Hu Jintao and Deng Xiaoping have done so much to sustain their country’s quantum leaps in economic growth over decades and making it possible to create an environment that sees self-made billionaires emerging from the dank crevices of stagnation and crippling poverty.
Truth is, these never seriously harbored any dream to seek to do the same in foreign lands for indeed international relations and diplomacy is a guided missile of self-interests and flirting alliances.
Placed among the giants and with an economic super-structure that is nothing but ultra-modern and indeed light years ahead of Namibia, one would easily forgive individual locally-based Chinese for their obduracy.
Yet the more they continue to exercise this power imbalance that comes with our over-reliance on their radio-active magnanimity the more they begin to shove the Namibian to the corners of radicalisation.
The embassy is well advised to seek to inculcate within the people it represents what it means to be a visitor; what it means to be a human among humans and what it means to pursue a collective interest without upsetting those they wish to partner in that noble endeavor. Not a few moons ago one Chinese bloke had to be deported for calling Kenyans and the Kenyan president a monkey.
One wonders if such horrific racial slurs are but a flirting glimpse of the entire picture the Chinese community sees when it transacts and interacts with the local natives.
Their presence here ought to live up to the expectations of the bilateral commitments to which both sovereigns put pen to paper, based on mutual respect for the common good, no matter the differences of our culture and interests. As much as they like to stress that they are a complete opposite to our yester-year’s oppressors, but if unchecked, the pace at which they are feeling much at home and taking for granted their stay, the more they are becoming the same. The feelings such tenacity generates within the local populace is an arrival point no country seeks to see itself at, after all, Namibia is an exemplary constitutional democracy whose hallmarks are peace and unity in diversity.
Namibian has a checkered history of being pro-foreigner and has embraced and marched ahead with people of different nationalities who have taken pride in being part of the family.
This is an accord to which our beliefs are tied.

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