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Chinese people’s bad behaviour causes poor image in Africa, negative international rating

China’s reputation is being tarnished across continent by the behaviour of some Chinese nationals and companies, ambassador to Tanzania Lu Youqing says

China’s reputation is being tarnished across continent by the behaviour of some Chinese nationals and companies, ambassador to Tanzania Lu Youqing says

It’s perhaps coincidence, but Reuters’ report on China’s Xi Jinping not making global impact comes on the same day when Hong Kong newspapers SCMP and Ta Kung Pao report on China’s poor image in Africa due to Chinese people and companies’ behaviour there.

Ta Kung Pao says in its report as an increasing number of Chinese enterprises have entered Africa, there have been frequent complaints about the behaviour of Chinese people and companies there.

According to Lu Youqing, Chinese ambassador to Tanzania, there are two common problems among the Chinese people and companies: fierce infighting resulting in vicious competition among Chinese companies and failure to conform to local laws, practices and customs.

SCMP says in its report “He (Lu) said the embassy became tense every time Tanzania announced another ivory seizure.” It quotes Lu as saying, “[Some Chinese here] knowingly engaged in illegal activities.”

“Lu said he received complaints from local officials and police about Chinese nationals who hid ivory inside the bonnets of cars and even inside the bras of female air passengers.

“He was also very concerned about shoddy roadworks carried out by Chinese contractors in neighbouring African countries.”

Ta Kung Pao says in its report that China’s poor image has been caused not only by the malpractices of companies and people there but also by the uncivilised behaviour of Chinese tourists such as graffiti at sites of cultural relics.

Reuters quotes Pew Research Centre‘s report that Xi Jinping “so far has failed to make a strong positive impression on global publics. Overall, ratings for Xi are more negative than positive, while at the same time many are unfamiliar with the Chinese leader.”

Since they are unfamiliar with Xi, the negative impression must have come from Chinese people’s poor behaviors abroad.

Reuters says, “More broadly, global impressions of China were on balance more favourable than unfavourable, with the country’s economic growth generally seen as a good thing in most countries surveyed’ according to Pew Research Center.”

This proves the poor image is not about China as a nation but about Chinese people. Xi, though not known much by them, has got negative rating due to the impression Chinese people have given them.

It seems that when I travel abroad, local people will have a negative view about me as I am a Chinese. I shall pretend that I were a South Korean, Japanese or Singaporean; better Singaporean, as Singaporeans speaks Chinese.

Source: Ta Kung Pao “Who suffers for the damage to China’s image” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the report in Chinese)
Source: SCMP “Bad apples in Africa: Chinese traders’ and companies’ behaviour worries envoy”
Source: Reuters “China’s Xi not making global impact, views of China positive: Pew”


About chankaiyee2

Author of the book "Tiananmen's Tremendous Achievements" about how with the help of Tiananmen Protests, talented scholars with moral integrity seized power in the Party and state and brought prosperity to China. The second edition of the book will be published within a few days to mark the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Protests All the parts in the first edition remain in the second edition with a few changes due to information available later and better understanding. There are also some changes for improvements of style. The new parts are Chapters 12-19 on events in China after the first edition was published: The fierce power struggle for succession between reformists and conservatives; Xi Jinping winning all elders’ support during his mysterious disappearance for 2 weeks in early September, 2012; and Xi Jinping Cyclone. Chan Kai Yee's new book: SPACE ERA STRATEGY: The Way China Beats The US An eye-opening book that tells the truth how the US is losing to China. The US is losing as it adopts the outdated strategy of Air-Sea Battle while China adopts the space era strategy to pursue integrated space and air capabilities: It is losing due to its diplomacy that has given rise to Russian-Chinese alliance. US outdated strategy has enabled China to catch up and surpass the US in key weapons: Hypersonic weapons (HGV) that Pentagon regards as the weapon that will dominate the world in the future. Aerospaceplane in China’s development of space-air bomber that can engage enemy anywhere in the world within an hour and destroy an entire aircraft carrier battle group within minutes. Anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons, anti-ASAT weapons, stealth aircrafts, drones, AEW&C, etc. The book gives detailed descriptions of China’s weapon development based on information mainly from Chinese sources that the author monitors closely. U.S. Must Not Be Beaten by China! China is not a democracy. Its political system cannot prevent the emergence of a despotic leader or stop such a leader when he begins to bring disasters to people. A few decades ago, Mao Zedong, the worst tyrant in world history did emerge and bring disasters to Chinese people. He wanted to fight a nuclear war to replace capitalism with communism but could not bring nuclear holocaust to world people as China was too weak and poor at that time. If a despot like Mao Zedong emerges when China has surpassed the US in military strength, world people will suffer the misery experienced by Chinese people in Mao era. China surpassing the US in GDP is not something to worry about as China has the heavy burden to satisfy its huge population, but China surpassing the US in military strength will be world people’s greatest concern if China remains an autocracy. US people are of much better quality than Chinese people. What they lack is a wise leader to adopt the correct strategy and diplomacy and the creative ways to use its resources in developing its military capabilities. I hope that with the emergence of a great leader, the US can put an end to its decline and remain number one in the world. China, US, space era strategy, air-sea battle, space-air bomber, arms race, weapon development, chan kai yee


4 thoughts on “Chinese people’s bad behaviour causes poor image in Africa, negative international rating

  1. Not true. I read many articles, both Chinese and Western which report that Chinese people’s people are generally good and are welcome in Africa as Chinese investments are.

    Editor’s Note: In response to the many emails about this poster, we do suspect he’s a paid Chinese internet commentator. However, we believe that all people should be allowed to voice their opinions, not just the ones that agree with our agenda. Therefore, at this stage we will not ban him.


    Posted by Mark Chan | July 24, 2014, 12:28 pm


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