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THE GMO SCRABOOK…MAYBE!: CHINA INKS DEALS WITH ZIMBABWE

China and Zimbabwe have just inked several deals, and this one - shared by Mr. B. - positively invites our customary high octane speculation:

China, Zimbabwe ink slew of cooperation deals

Lest we forget, the article outlines why Zimbabwe is the target of Western sanctions - well, at least outlines some, though certainly not all, of the story - in these paragraphs:

"China and Zimbabwe have inked several cooperation agreements on finance, agriculture and tourism during a state visit by Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe.

" In a snub to Western nations who have imposed sanctions on leaders in the country, including Mugabe himself, China said the world must respect Zimbabwe’s sovereignty.

“'We believe the Zimbabwean people have wisdom and capabilities to handle their affairs very well,' Xi added.

"The 90-year old Mugabe has clashed with the West over his policies and accused the US and Britain in a speech to the United Nations last year of trying to control his nation and its resources."

One might have pointed out to Mr. Xi that "the people of Zimbabwe" are hardly summed up in the person of Mr. Mugabe. But by the same token, the idea of the great powers of the West trying to control Africa's immense resources is nothing new either, and in that respect, the backlash against those powers and what were perceived as their interests in the former Rhodesia are at least understandable.

But I hope you caught what I regard as perhaps the most significant little statement in this article:

"China will continue to transfer agricultural technologies to Zimbabwe, once known as the “breadbasket” of the region and help the country to increase food production and agricultural income, he said."

The transference of agricultural technologies from China may be a sign that the GMO issue may be in the first stages of becoming geopolitical. As regular readers here are aware, I've been hypothesizing for some time that China and Russia - with their increasing domestic opposition and bans on various GMO products, from Russia's recent blanket bans and calls for long-term intergenerational testing, to China's targeted bans of specific (usually American) GMO products - may be positioning themselves to make GMOs an international geopolitical issue, and that this opposition will, in time, perhaps spread to other nations in the BRICSA bloc (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa). While the article lacks specifics on just exactly what sorts of agricultural technologies China is set to transfer to Zimbabwe, it is possible that some of this may be in the form of natural, non-GMO crop seeds.

If that's the case, then it would seem that the rendering of GMOs as a geopolitical issue may already be underway, even if it is not yet being publicized as yet by either China or its trading partners. In any case, it would seem that yet one more indicator of my hypothesized scenario may be a step closer to reality. China's agricultural transfers and African agreements will be one to watch closely folks, and you can bet they're watching in closely in St. Loui....er.... in Washington D.C. as well.

See you on the flip side...

 

4 thoughts on “THE GMO SCRABOOK…MAYBE!: CHINA INKS DEALS WITH ZIMBABWE”

  1. The agricultural cooperation between Africa and China has been in place for decades, while it didnt start as a counter-measure against GMO it could become one in the future.

    The long term goal of the transferring of agricultural technologies is to reduce poverty as its one of the principles in China-Africa cooperation.
    http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2014-05/06/c_133311906.htm

    It could be part of the so called “common destiny” agenda which has been coined and promoted by the Chinese government in recent years.

    They have been calling for a “common destiny” with Africa, with Asia, with Latin America etc. Incidentally, the Chinese are building high-speed rails in Asia, Afirca, and South-America.

    If they are seriously about what they are promoting and remain true to their words, then i would expect to see the day when “nuclear fusion power plant” being built in these continents, probably under some joint projects with Russia and China.

    Is that why countries from these continents are the ones actually interested in “World’s first floating nuclear power”, a joint undertaking by the Russia and China?

    1. @”Xi said the traditional friendship between the two countries was forged during the two countries’ anti-imperialism, anti-colonialism and anti-hegemony wars.”

      Speaking of “common destiny”, there are those in China who think the agenda will never work out precisely because there is still “imperialism”, “colonialism” and “hegemony” in the world.

      Then it’s interesting to see Xi actually mentions these words during Zimbabwean leader’s recent visit to China.

      Does that mean in order to realize so called “common destiny”, the country is prepared to confront these “obstacles” in Africa and elsewhere, if it has not already been in confrontation with AFRICOM, established after the Chinese initiation of “the Forum on China–Africa Cooperation”?

  2. lol, with the average lifespan hovering around 30,none of the Zimbabwe freedom fighters are around to celebrate….with the exception of Bob.

    Her majesty must not be amused at this turn of events…lol..lol..lol….and not even consulted….oh the times are a changing.

    Of course none of this will favor Africans in the slightest, in fact it is going to get a lot worse….and too think Rhodesia’s crime besides having the highest lifespan of all African nations,…printing its own currency.

  3. I hope Zimbabwe can get it’s economic house in order so it can unite with the BRICSA nations. And save the Worlds heritage seeds from big agribusiness plans to turn those of us they chose to allow to exist into the slave zombies feed on their (poisons)pseudo foods. Too bad that Robert Mugabe didn’t groom a successor to take his place sooner that is a mistake Zimbabwe will pay dearly in the future.

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