Ambiguous Allies? The Dynamics of Japan/China Relations to Nigeria : Manya Koetse 棵小曼
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But this has not stopped Japan from dealing with South-Africa, where corruption is highly prevalent as well Aturu And so, even though Japan is no economic competitor of Nigeria, its reasons for not doing so do not necessarily have a moral foundation. China has gained a strong foothold in the Nigerian market. From constructionwork to retail shops, the Chinese hire their own staff, and furthermore compete with local prices.
The Nigerian people are now still benefiting from Chinese presence by improving infrastructure and telecommunication, for example, but in the future Chinese alliances could turn out to be less profitable for Nigeria. Since Japan nor China of course are actual colonizers, the point here is to see how and if they promote their identities to Nigeria in order to gain influence.
They supported elections in Nigeria while funding African rule of law and human rights initiatives Eisenman Japan influences local politics by applying strict criteria for aid provision, with democracy and human-rights protection as basic conditions Masaki ; Cornelissen This has resulted in criticism.
Beijing is willing to igore political considerations in its search for energy sources, and its connections with the elites of Nigeria is essential in this.
The Nigerian government does not mind; as long as well connected elites prosper, it is all well Taylor ; Masaki Actually, China is not the only one being critized.
Forging economic ties are bound to attract growing political bounds between the two nations, where China undeniable is the biggest party in an unequal relation. Aid to Africa is used as a diplomatic instrument.
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China is critizised for plundering and exploiting Nigeria. Nigeria would only be on their agenda as a way to benefit their own economy and counterbalance Western powers. In this way, both Japan and China are ambiguous allies to Nigeria. The different policies of China and Japan in Nigeria relate to their divergent roles in the international system.
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They offer aid, set up an impressive conference and propagate democracy and human rights. But their initiatives and actions have actually proven to look better on paper than in reality. Nigeria has not really benefited a lot from Japan at all.
They are willing to deal with rogue states like Sudan and do not care much for emphasizing human rights. For Nigeria, however, China has already brought much more improvement in the national economic situation than Japan ever has. Apparently Nigeria right now benefits more from making money together with China than talking about solutions and human rights with Japan.
Japan and China have not been unselfish either. An important question is: China now seems to be outdoing Japan in forging closer economic relations and increasing influence in Nigeria. What Nigeria does for Nigeria is eventually much more important than what either Japan or China does for it.
Any nation that is more than willing to welcome ambiguous alliances, ultimately, is an ambiguous ally itself as well. Africanand Asian Studies 4, no.
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How Strong Is the U.S.-Japan Relationship?
Open Democracy June 6http: War Against Corruption October 29http: When asked whether they would prefer the United States to be closer to Japan, less close, or about as close to Japan as it has been in recent years, 38 percent say closer, 45 percent say about as close, and only 13 percent would like to distance the United States from Japan.
There is, however, a generation gap in viewing the future of the relationship: And there is partisan disagreement on the trajectory of the relationship with Japan: Democrats 41 percent are more likely than Republicans 30 percent to support closer ties.
China looms large in the minds of both Americans and Japanese in their consideration of the U. Only 30 percent of Americans and just 7 percent of Japanese trust China. One reason Americans may trust China more is that only 16 percent say they have heard a lot about territorial disputes between China and neighboring countries. Americans are somewhat divided on whether the United States should be focusing more on Japan or on China when it comes to developing strong economic ties.
Overall, a slightly larger share of Americans 43 percent name China as the more important economic partner than Japan 36 percent.
About one in eight Americans 12 percent volunteered an alternative: In particular, young Americans believe it is more important to have a strong economic relationship with China: About six in 10 Americans ages 18 to 29 hold this view. Less than half as many people 65 years of age and older agree. At the same time, twice as many older Americans as younger ones believe a strong economic relationship with Japan is a priority.
Republicans are more likely than Democrats to want better relations with Japan. There are no such divisions in Japan on future economic relations with China and the United States. During that harrowing period, America virtually abandoned Nigerian citizens to the whims of a very bad government that used to convert the uneducated youths into thugs and miscreants whom the new administration is still struggling to rout.
However, America might have strong reasons to oppose Nigeria, which might include: An English adage says: It left the nation high and dry in an effort to compound both economic and security issues, and bring Nigeria into confusion, anarchy and civil disobedience - coupled with Boko Haram insurgency - in order to actualize the doom prophecy.
President Buhari inherited all of the above, the unpaid salaries and a virtually empty treasury. However, to the glory of God, Buhari is now being wooed by the US with economic and security enticements. Topmost on the agenda would be those issues which the United States previously reneged on: To the ignorant, lame and myopic minds the United States still has the reputation of the world super power.
The truth is that the US lost its super power position the moment it subtly masterminded the collapse of the Soviet Union in The God in whom America trusts cannot be mocked or deceived, because whatever a man or nation sow, that they will reap.
Russia, the successor nation to the USSR, was admitted to the G8 the most industrialized nations of the world in under the leadership of President Boris Yeltsin, and has since been the thorn in the flesh of the United States. For how long would the US continue to cling to this exalted position of a super power which is being seriously contested by the other emerging super powers like Japan, Hong Kong and South Korea?
Russia is currently suspended from the G8 mostly due to its illegal and unconstitutional incursions into former Soviet Union confederates like Eastern Ukraine that is virtually annexed to Russia.