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