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Liberia: Shared Future, Better World

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By: Nicholas D. Nimley, Liberian Journalist

Sailing through the complex interplay of geopolitical issues between Western countries, China, and Africa offers a challenging but crucial lens through which to envision a shared future and a better world.

As these regions continue to influence global economics, politics, and trade, it becomes imperative to understand the opportunities and challenges that arise from their interactions. Additionally, it is essential to explore how cooperation and mutual understanding can pave the way for a more equitable and prosperous future for all involved.

Western countries, notably the United States and nations within the European Union, have historically held significant global influence in both economic and political realms.

Their policies, trade agreements, and diplomatic actions all play a vital role in shaping global dynamics. Meanwhile, China’s rise as a global superpower has redefined the geopolitical landscape.

Its ambitious Belt and Road Initiative, which aims to enhance regional connectivity and embrace economic cooperation across Asia, Africa, and Europe, has sparked both enthusiasm and concern among Western nations.

China’s increasing presence in Africa has been a focal point of global attention. African nations are becoming key players in international affairs, making strategic partnerships and resources on the continent highly sought after.

The geopolitical dynamics between Western countries, China, and Africa underscore the complexities and power struggles inherent in international relations.

A deeper understanding of this landscape can foster meaningful discussions on how to navigate these challenges and strive toward a shared future and a better world.

From all indications, China has taken the lessons from its own developmental journey and translated them into a partnership model for Africa. Initiatives like the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) and the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) highlight China’s approach of infrastructure-led investment.

Such models offer an alternative pathway to the Western prescriptions of development and insist on mutual respect and non-interference in internal affairs, which resonates with many African leaders.

But her engagement with Africa has been a source of tension with some Western countries, as they view it as a means of expanding Chinese influence and access to resources while potentially exploiting African nations.

Many Africans believe that western countries have not done much for the people of Africa, instead it is China whose footprints are seen across the continent helping Africans in all forms and manner.

One critical aspect of envisioning a shared future is fostering cooperation and dialogue across these regions. Instead of being ensnared by competing interests, stakeholders can seek to find common ground and constructive ways to interact. This could involve the promotion of trade agreements, sustainable development initiatives, and investment in infrastructure and education.

Furthermore, a shared future can be better achieved through the recognition of Africa as a critical player in global affairs. African nations should have agency in shaping their own destinies, with external powers respecting their sovereignty and pursuing partnerships based on mutual benefit and respect.

By acknowledging and strengthening Africa’s voice in international dialogue, the stage can be set for more inclusive and equitable global governance.

Moreover, focusing on economic and social development in Africa can lead to a shared future that is more prosperous and stable for all involved parties. Investment in infrastructure, healthcare, education, and technology can foster sustainable growth and strengthen ties between continents.

By supporting African nations in these endeavors, everyone stands to gain from a more interconnected and interdependent global community.

On the flip side, Africa is experiencing a renaissance, exhibiting a desire to shake off the vestiges of colonialism and post-colonial dependency.

The continent, blessed with abundant natural resources and a young population, offers a fertile ground for this symbiotic relationship with China.

African agency is critical in this context, ensuring that the cooperation is aligned with homegrown policies and the continent’s blueprint for transformation, epitomized by the African Union’s Agenda 2063.

In the realm of trade and commerce, a shared future can be realized through the establishment of fair and transparent business practices. This includes ensuring that trade agreements do not perpetuate exploitation or inequality, but rather promote sustainable development and economic empowerment.

By setting ethical standards and promoting responsible investment, the global community can foster an environment that benefits all parties involved.

To conclude, it is easy to say that in the pursuit of a better world, it is also essential to address the geopolitical issues and power dynamics between Western countries, China, and Africa.

This can be done by acknowledging and understanding these complexities. Our leaders who are concerned in terms of policies need to work towards building a more inclusive, cooperative, and prosperous global community.

With that and through respectful engagement, shared values, and a commitment to mutual benefit, a future where these regions collaborate for the greater good can be achieved.

About the Author: Nicholas Dweh Nimley, BA, MA, is a Liberian and international double award winning journalist and Public Affairs Diplomat. He’s an international certified Academic Researcher. He can be reached through emails @ nicholasnimleyd@ruc.edu.cn, or dnimley2005@gmail.com +8615101695212, +231776586433.

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