China's attractiveness for businessmen comes from the feeling of security, in addition to low input, wide population and affordable price, a Harare-based newspapers said on Tuesday.
The Daily Mirror commented in an article titled China's Growing Role that China is attractive for various reasons, including low input, a wide population and more affordable prices of China's goods, bur key reasons for Africa's business people going to China deal with the atmosphere they find in China.
While there is variation in behavior in China, visitors to places like Beijing find that the Chinese people are very friendly. For many from Africa, some folk values, like respect for elders, are similar to China's, the newspaper said.
In Beijing, one from Africa can move about at midnight without fearing attacks. Women move about without fear of being attacked. In general, people are warm and respectful. One does not often encounter attitudes of superiority from those you meet, the newspaper commented.
In China, there is some freedom that a visitor from Africa may not have in other places, while in other parts of the world, Africans move feeling insecure, it said.
While people from western societies still visit Africa, visitors are finding entering the western more difficult. Business is done at distance.
Another reason for China's advancement is the humility and openness of many people. In the material build, Beijing, Shanghai and other places are far ahead of many places in the western world.
But "people in China do not think and act that they are at the top," the newspaper noted, thus they still open themselves to learning and advancement.
So far, there is no indication that China will politically and economically colonize others, the newspaper said. When they give Africa financial and material assistance, they have not applied economic and political manipulation.
The current Sino-African economic cooperation provide opportunity for improvement of human relations. Every moment is an opportunity, the newspaper concluded.
(Xinhua News Agency September 13, 2006)