Buying bureaucracy in Beijing
By Terry O'Neill
Western Standard: 3 Oct. 2005 - Here is a partial list of Chinese projects that Canadians have funded with $50 million in foreign aid, presumably to help that rights-averse nation grow "in the right way".
- The Statistical Information Management project ($9.9 million, 1996-2005). The project was aimed at helping China's National Bureau of Statistics "and the provincial/municipal statistical agencies to support the development of a modern and efficient statistical system in China to enable improved poverty reduction and environmental programming that is sensitive to gender and ethnicity."
- The Biodiversity Protection and Community Development in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region project ($6 million, 2001-2006). Canadian money will "strengthen the capacity" of government agencies "to manage nature reserves."
- The Canada-China Cooperation in Climate Change project ($4.9 million since 2002). The project "will strengthen China's core capacity . . . to address the issue of climate change"--even though the Kyoto Protocol to fight global warming classifies China as a developing country, meaning it is exempt from lowering emissions levels.
- The Solar Energy for Rural Electrification in Western China project ($1.8 million, 2003- 2005). "The project focuses on building capacity in solar enterprises to deliver and support reliable solar installations in remote areas of China."
- The Canada-China Women's Law project ($5 million, 1998-2005). The program is intended to "provide support for the equality of women in China" (this will not affect Beijing's forced abortion policy for women who get pregnant with a second child).
- The Small Farmers Adapting to Global Markets project ($19.6 million, 2002-2008). "The project deals with the implications and challenges for small farmers resulting from China's accession to the WTO [World Trade Organization], specifically compliance related to food safety." In other words, $20 million to help farmers deal with an added level of bureaucracy.