China is now one of the powerful countries in the world. This is a status that can’t be achieved overnight or in a decade. So how did China, a country that about six decades ago, many developed countries hardly respect, suddenly becomes such a great country ready to conquer the whole world?
Superpower is a word associated with politics and science, I used to hear a lot, especially about America, when I was a student, and the thorough explanation of what a superpower country is increased my likeness to America because if you are not a great country, you can never be a superpower.
So what is a superpower? A superpower is a very powerful state with enormous political, economic, military, and cultural potential, possessing a superiority over most other states, which allows it to exercise hegemony not only in its region but also in the most remote parts of the planet.
However, it seems some of the weaker countries realized that the US government or America, actually preaches virtue and practices vice. They don’t do what they say, they rather took the opportunity of being a superpower to oppress weaker nations.
That sent a wake-up call to sensible nations, including China and North Korea, to pursue a rigorous ambition to be a superpower themselves. Today, North Korea and China can be classified as the two most dangerous countries in the world, after the United States of America.
We need to find out how China, a country many developed countries don’t have respect for suddenly becoming one of the most fearful countries in the world?
An African Student In China
In the late seventies in Ghana, I read the book ‘An African Student In China,’ by a Ghanaian author, Emmanuel John Hevi. The book discussed many issues about human rights violations and the abuse of women in China but there is a particular story that caught my attention.
Student Emmanuel John Hevi went to a Chinese shop to buy a pressing iron. I have to make it clear here, a new pressing iron, not a second-hand. Within the first week, the iron breaks down and he took it back to the shop. The iron was repaired and given back to the student but each time after repairs, the iron breaks down again.
This is a story, in my opinion, the Chinese were finding out and studying what was actually breaking down the pressing-iron, until they gained the perfection of creating a perfect pressing iron today.
Thus, in the entire period, while the advanced countries were underestimating China, the Chinese government was creating perfection from their mistakes.
Emmanuel John Hevi’s experience in his book relating to the pressing-iron which broke down many times and China repaired many times can be a lead story in world scientific journals of how China became perfect in the electronic industry today.
Mao Zedong’s perception
There is another story that I can bring out that I think inspired China to pursue higher dreams. Between 1960 and 1964, Chinese leader Mao Zedong became much worried and during a conversation with a delegation of the Japanese Socialist Party, concerning his theory, he spoke about how the US government had joined hands with Russia to dominate the world.
He called both countries superpowers that possess such military and economic power than all other countries of the world, taken together and displaying aggressive aspirations unprecedented in world history.
Underestimation is like a virus that spreads from advanced countries towards developing countries, then after some time, comes back to the countries of origin to haunt them. The United States government from time to time has underestimated China but they have learned a very bitter lesson from the coronavirus.
There was a time Donald Trump referred Africa to as a ‘Shit-hole nation,’ yet, it was the same government that killed Qhadafi of Libya because he was too strong and wants to change the face of Africa. It was the same US government that planned a coup together with Ghanaian soldiers to overthrow Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana.
“How long shall they kill our prophets, while we sit aside and look,” asked Bob Marley in his ‘Redemption Song.”
If this article means something significant to African leaders, then they should do away with corruption and lift the face of Africa and the downtrodden masses from the dust, after all, the creator has already provided you with all the rich mineral resources.