US and China are ‘fundamentally different’ in helping other countries, explained a top diplomat

United States developmental assistance to foreign countries aimed at their ‘self-reliance’, whereas, China is to increase their dependency, said the head of USAID.

Compared to the overseas developmental help of the United States and China is ‘fundamentally different’, in an interview said USAID Administration Mark Green.

Mr. Green said that “They are fundamentally different. So, what we always say is, ‘We’re working to help countries on their journey to self-reliance.’ What we want is for countries to lead their own bright future. We want them to go from being traditional assistance recipients to partners, to fellow donors.”

He also highlighted, “China’s a very different model. They build dependency. So, the choice is self-reliance versus almost servitude. What they do are loans, and as we’re learning more and more, often unsustainable financing that’s mortgaging a country’s future.”

The US asks other countries to take challenges on their own way, only foster their self-reliance and develop their next generation of leadership and then the matter if leadership around the world comes, asserted Mr. Green.

He further stated that China gives out loans and “when these countries do not pay their loans, they mortgage strategic assets.”

Mr. Green pointed out saying, “So, you see ports being, essentially, taken over by China. Sole, exclusive use of those ports. Dangerously extractive, often, a strategic mineral, what should have been the birthright of young Africans, is tied up by financing from China.”

USAID Administration explained the ‘fundamental differences’ between the US and China, “And so, what happens is those young Africans never see the benefits. They never see the broad-based economic growth based on their resources. Instead, the benefits go elsewhere.”

While offering aid to foreign countries, the United States asks for reform. He added that “We ask them to respect certain rights and values. What we want for them is to become, eventually, trading partners.”

Mr. Green further expressed that “But equal partners, in that. And the way that you do that incentivizes market-based reforms, build their capacity, increase their incomes. So, we want them to move, in terms of fully independent sovereign nations, leading their own future and becoming partners of ours.”

by Chandrani Sarkar on October 11, 2018

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