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Monday, 19 November 2018

Talk of the Hour: 60 Years of Good Bilateral Relationship of Sudan and China: Al Bashir

The Forum on China Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) which was held in Beijing recently, set a good opportunity for the African leaderships to meet and discuss issues of mutual interests. In this respect, Sudan was not the exclusion; its president Al Bashir was also there to attend FOCAC.
While addressing FOCAC,  President Al Bashir stressed  that despite the challenges and threats, China had played positive roles to stabilize the world’s economy.
He added that China had succeeded to present innovative ideas and patterns in the sphere of international relations in replacement of the outdated old fashioned ones, explaining that ‘the belt and the road initiative’ is the illustrative example. 
The president went further to say that this coming February of 2019 would mark the passage of 60 years since the bilateral diplomatic and economic ties were established between the two countries-Sudan and China- affirming that, ‘with pleasure I can say that during this whole era, the relations between them have never witnessed any kind of tensions or differences in stances. On the contrary, they set a good model that worth coping by the others’.
In a related development, and as history tells, the Chinese are the people of innovation and the creation of miracles. We all do remember the saying that circulates globally; ‘do not give me a fish, but teach me how to catch it’.
We should remember that even the prophet of Islam,  Mohammed, (peace be upon him), happened to advise that learning should be sought everywhere, even at China if the situation necessitated.
It is worth mentioning that and within the context of  FOCAC, the two presidents, Al Bashir and Xi Jinping of China, have signed many agreements which are to cover all the fields of cooperation for the benefit of the two peoples mutually.
It goes without saying that, the choice of the countries of Africa to China to cooperate with, especially economically, to the exclusion of the other rich advanced Western ones, is a much credit to China that worth to pride itself. 
Indeed, such a thing is not without reasons to justify. To begin with, there is the shared sense of historical victimization that is much triggered by the Western colonial powers. The story of Gordon, the former British ruler of China and then Sudan, exemplifies the situation clearly. So, it is not surprising to see the Chinese make out of his killing an occasion to celebrate by expressing unlimited happiness for that- they simply consider him as the true enemy.
Moreover, the Africans often used to retain in their hearts and minds a very bright image about the Chinese to the extent of completely rejecting any sort of argument to  label them as the neo colonialism –something that is in their estimation is not void of exaggeration, so to speak.
Further, the engagement of China in Africa, compared with that of the advanced countries, such as Britain, France and US, lags far insignificantly behind.  That is to say, although China has a growing influence in the continent, but under no circumstance it is to qualify to similar levels. 
There are the teachings of Confucianism that are well inculcated in the minds of the Chinese and are reflected positively when dealing with the others whose manifestations are more and more friends and friendships.
Likewise, the Chinese have proven as more caring and that the serving of the others is their ultimate aim. Such a trend has been pragmatically shown through the building of hospitals, paying generously for malaria protection programmes, laying down of railways, etc.
Besides, there is these good characteristics; non-intervention in local politics. Loan burdens are being reduced to minimum levels and at times the repayment schedule is extended for long periods and may even culminate into final cancellation.
One final good trait to characterize the Chinese is this; non-inclination to talk openly about foreign aids and debts that they have extended to the others, especially the Africans. Their conviction in this regard is this; such a matter should be tightly kept to become a state top secret.
This should not be understood as that China never benefits from the others, especially externally. On the contrary; they do. In fact, the matter is a two way process-as they help the others, they also benefit from this but it never to amount to greedy levels as their Western counterparts do. Because of unprecedented adherence to the Africans, they now have reduced reliance on the Middle East’s oil to depend largely on that of Africa.
However, the miserable experiences with the Western countries, especially US, the African countries are almost seen as deserting them towards the Eastern bloc, especially China and Russia and they have never failed them and have been warmly welcomed. In this sphere, Sudan is not the exception.
Although the US sanctions that were imposed on Sudan for almost two decades, being lifted last October, but has still been suffering, especially economically. Sadly, US is not only abstaining to assist Sudan, but even going further as urging the others to behave in a similar way with the purpose of strangling it to death, especially economically.
While US insists unheedingly to behave like this, it ignores the fact that there are certain segments of the Sudanese population, especially the sick, the aged and the children, that are adversely and hugely affected.
In reaction to this, the Sudanese, publicly and officially  have developed irrevocable convictions that even without the help of US, life can go on easily and normally;  ‘the sun will not halt to provide continually its shiny light.  The sky is not going to stop raining heavily; and that lands will not abstain to produce crops abundantly’. 
Happily, the Chinese have practically reciprocated to this, not only  by adequately and promptly satisfying the needs of Sudan, but going even further to defend its side internationally.