Friday, November 23, 2007

China's Helping Hand.

I am always wary when I hear super power nations lending poor nations a helping hand.
China is flexing it's international muscle for reasons ranging from good PR, obtaing natural resources, shoring up UN votes ect, ect, like any good ol 1st world nation would. There all in the Middle East Africa and the Americas, in some shape or fashion. A lot of this is help is tied into the idea by the Chinese goverment that Tiawan should not be recognized as a sorveign nation but instead a state of China, (Haiti at one time has recogized taiwan as a independt nation).

This excerpt of an article written on the matter was taken from the Haitian Times website.

Chief Praises China’s Contribution To Haiti’s Stability Haitian Times News WiresU.N. Under Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Jean-Marie Guehenno on Tuesday praised China’s “important contribution” to ending the crisis and promoting stability in Haiti.

Guehenno called upon the China Peacekeeping Police Training Center in Langfang, which is in northern Hebei Province, where a 125-member riot police team has been trained for a U.N. peacekeeping mission in Haiti. The team displayed its skills for the U.N. official, including combat skills, search techniques, hostage rescue, VIP protection and crowd control.

Praising their performance, Guehenno said that he was “very impressed” by the high-level skills and professionalism of the Chinese riot police. He expressed confidence that they would make an important contribution to promoting peace in Haiti and helping people.

The team, China’s sixth deployment to Haiti, is scheduled to leave in December. Over the past four months, they were trained in languages, shooting, driving and combat skills, and received high recognition from U.N. officials.......