World Health Organization (WHO) chief Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus helped facilitate China’s neocolonialist expansion into Africa, hailing it as a “win-win.”
Describing the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) attempt to garner political and economic influence in every corner of the world, Tedros commented: “As far as we are concerned, it is a win-win situation. [China] comes for business and we negotiate. We make sure that the trade and investment is based on our priorities.”
Tedros’s resurfaced comments come from an Al Jazeera article, “Measuring China’s Motivations in Africa,” and were made when he was serving as Ethiopia’s foreign minister in 2013 as part of the overtly Marxist “Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front” party.
Africa is knee-deep in CCP-sponsored “debt trap diplomacy,” a destructive process whereby the CCP lends hefty sums of money to other countries which they can’t pay back. When countries default on the loans, China takes over the projects and amasses additional political and economic power.
Look no further than how the Kenyan government was forced to relinquish its Port of Mombasa to China as a result of unpaid debt.
Even Hillary Clinton criticized this 21st century economic exploitation, comparing China’s efforts to “new colonialism” while serving as U.S. Secretary of State.
And Dr. Tedros’s CCP conciliations aren’t contained to rhetoric; it is replete in his policies, too.
Under his watch, China and Ethiopia’s relationship “reached their highest qualitative level” according to a joint press release from Wang Yi, China’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Tedros himself.
The CCP hailed the burgeoning relationship as a “real and excellent model for South-South cooperation.”
The joint statement barely scratches the surface of China’s economic involvement:
China has become the biggest foreign investor and the largest trading partner of Ethiopia. Ethiopia is now one of the main markets in Africa for Chinese products, equipment, technology and investment. Since 2006, China, through various mechanisms, has provided a large amount of financial support for the construction of a number of Ethiopia’s mega projects. These include the first Express Toll Way and the first operative Wind Power Plant, the Addis Ababa Light Track Railway and other modern railways developments as well as the Tirunesh-Beijing Hospital and the Confucius Institute.”
In other words, Tedros served as an auxiliary force for China’s quest for economic dominance: effectively selling his own country out.
And Dr. Tedros has taken on a similar role in light of the coronavirus pandemic.
He recently castigated President Trump for the early Chinese travel ban which saved many American lives. At the time Tedros claimed it would “have the effect of increasing fear and stigma, with little public health benefit.”
As a result, Tedros is a major star in Chinese state media, with sites prominently highlight his CCP-flattering comments.
The bias prompted President Trump to halt funding to the WHO, which Tedros oversees.