Foreign Public Opinion Dogs Chinese Plans
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  • Jim.

    How do you balance this point of view with the article on Wilsonian international politics that you wrote earlier?

    Is it naive to think that you can get away with ignoring world opinion (such as with the UN security council, or “the harangues from foreign governments”)? What distinctions would you draw between when times and places when it is, and times and places when it is not?

    How can we shape that balance point to the advantage of the United States and its citizens?

  • Kris

    “Did the Chinese steal those resources, I asked. No, she said, but the politicians in her country stole the money the Chinese paid for the resources.”

    Down with Chinese Imperialism and its running dogs!

  • Corlyss

    I want to know what we’re doing to get our share of those resources the Chinese are trying to monopolize. What the heck is a global power for if it doesn’t secure the interests of it’s people in access to needed resources, wherever they exist? To blazes with all this nonsense about imperialism. The powerful do what they will; the weak endure what they must!

  • Jennifer Doherty

    Interesting article about development induced displacement and resettlement in China.

    The World Bank estimates that forcible “development-induced displacement and resettlement” now affects 10 million people per year. According to the World Bank an estimated 33 million people have been displaced by development projects such as dams, urban development and irrigation canals in India alone.

    India is well ahead in this respect. A country with as many as over 3600 large dams within its belt can never be the exceptional case regarding displacement. The number of development induced displacement is higher than the conflict induced displacement in India. According to Bogumil Terminski an estimated more than 10 million people have been displaced by development each year.

    Athough the exact number of development-induced displaced people (DIDPs) is difficult to know, estimates are that in the last decade 90–100 million people have been displaced by urban, irrigation and power projects alone, with the number of people displaced by urban development becoming greater than those displaced by large infrastructure projects (such as dams). DIDPs outnumber refugees, with the added problem that their plight is often more concealed.

    This is what experts have termed “development-induced displacement.” According to Michael Cernea, a World Bank analyst, the causes of development-induced displacement include water supply (dams, reservoirs, irrigation); urban infrastructure; transportation (roads, highways, canals); energy (mining, power plants, oil exploration and extraction, pipelines); agricultural expansion; parks and forest reserves; and population redistribution schemes.

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