Innovative China is scary! (part three)

Excerpt from the new book “Innovation, the key to adventure” by Jacques Nkoa Betené

Here: Innovative China is scary! (part two).

What is there in the common stock that favours China today?

In our common reserve, we find, for example, Modesty, the Chinese, to go to the others seize it, it turns out that it facilitates the relations and reduces the losses of forces in the necessary exchanges. And modesty is not a cover for arrogance or hypocrisy. It is a force that allows Man to move without artifice or clutter with just the payload.

We also find in the same reserve Pragmatism and Spirit of debate. In today’s circumstances, those who are wrestling with worldly debates without taking on reality, or the masochists who are crying in jousting on the sex of the angels, without any real impact on the real or the subjects of questionable importance are not guilty of any crime. But, they are distanced by the pragmatists. In fact, it happens that one is unleashed for subjects that, in reality, do not change the thickness of the bread slice, the size of a grain of rice or the flavour of a piece of cassava but occupy the front of the news and consume energies and time. The animators of these hollow debates may live on them, but they are an insignificant minority; those who undergo them by listening to them are not the paralyzed vital force? Pragmatism is not Chinese, it is a universal value.

In the West and in assimilated countries, it is customary to make others wear the hat or to justify themselves when their responsibility is in question. In the common reserve, there is personal liability. In order to maintain harmony and calm the situation in the event of a problem, the Chinese are more likely to take personal responsibility for the occurrence of an error. This tendency to beat his guts, which contrasts sharply with Western and, in part, African habits. A Westerner will seek more to justify himself, to see in the discarding of a mark of skill … and will even tend to blame someone else for the mistake, “France is a typical example. This habit of looking for a scapegoat often strikes the Chinese working with the French. The speed of innovation is closely linked to the strength to assume responsibility and to correct oneself, it is now easier and with fewer broken jaws to change with leaders who assume and correct themselves leaders who justify themselves, in a world more informed than ever. Personal responsibility is at the centre of Chinese education. Teachers keep telling their students, If something goes wrong, start by thinking about your own mistakes”! And that’s what this proverb illustrates, “sit silently in front of the wall and think about your own mistakes”

China promotes a more demanding approach to oneself than to others. Under other skies, we take pleasure in victimization. Constant questioning is seen as a way to continue to improve and to maintain harmonious relationships with those around you. This attitude, like all higher wealth, can not be regarded as part of the inalienable property of a person or a people, it is in our common reserve. Today, China does nothing but use it in the reserve of abundance where everything is free. It is wrongly believed to be part of its culture, the reality is that if you go to the reserve more frequently and use it on a regular basis, you get more benefit from it than the one that does not even think about it.

Mutual respect, another wealth from the reserve. Here, it is a question of rejecting in the hole of error two forms of relations that have impoverished Man:

-1 The acceptance of submission, coupled with victimization, which is a decision to renounce the use of the common reserve, free of charge, to remain naturally in control of its acts and destiny, to hope for security by pity and the low feelings. It’s not a shortcut, it’s a dead end. It is a mistake.

- 2 The enterprise of domination, which is a drift of human strength that degrades Man and makes him the most harmful of the living and the prey of his own dementia. She regards equality as a weakness and sees differences only in vulgar terms of dominant, dominated. It is a malignant and advanced swelling of the force whose developments announce only misfortune.

It is obvious that when one or the other of these forms of relationship guides coexistence, mutual respect is no more than an empty word. China calls for it in international cooperation and the new world. It is not forbidden to believe it, but, it would make a major historical mistake to the height of legitimate hopes raised if it still happened the disappointment of too much.

There is also in the common reserve, Optimism. When we give more importance to what is badly done than to what is successful, let us admit that we are not disposed to multiply the paralytics who walk. And pessimism is a disabling, devastating and contagious “disease”. Here again, with a little effort, we realize that the adventure of innovation is better for optimists than for those who are anxiously awaiting the occurrence of a failure, their own or that of others. They are called chess hunters, mistakes or what’s wrong. Pessimism cannot belong more than optimism to a people. It cannot be put in a cultural heritage. Activating one’s will to change is part of the keychain of survival, accessible to all living people. Optimism is a fundamental and universal value. Teachers, perhaps, themselves struck by trauma or ideology, who give zero to a young person who has made twenty mistakes on a hundred written words and seal the fate of this one with unfavourable and definitive assessments, do not encourage excellence that is inscribed in permanent progress. They express the pessimism that encloses both the teacher and the learner.

In the place of fear, what lessons to draw?

For Europe

For Europe cleansed of its excessive fears, of the instinct or the temptation of withdrawal and provided with its genius, the result and the scale of the Chinese innovation must be regarded as an opportunity for more than one reason:

-An opportunity to learn or relearn how to go naturally and without difficulty to the common pool. It will stop then to ask the recurring question of its alliances to establish with China, Russia or America. A question that in itself has an arbitrary demarcation and a prejudicial exclusion. And it is in this question, no doubt, that nestle number of brakes and the relative “impotence”.

- An opportunity to cooperate with an identifiable partner, without hesitation or a priori.

-An opportunity to count the benefits of speaking with one voice, that of optimism.

-An opportunity to renovate the treasures and ideas of which it is so rich.

- A great opportunity to rediscover the meaning of faith, I mean, the confidence in itself and in the Man who is and remains for her the first resource and not a threat. The Progress of Others does not mean the decline of some, nor the threat to them. It simply means the incompressible expansion of innovation, in other words, human and universal intelligence. To conform to it is to participate in it and it is to express one’s faith in oneself, to oppose it is to commit suicide. It’s the opposite of survival.

For Africa

For Africa, aware of its role as the mother of all civilization and the need to occupy, as such, its place in the adventure of innovation which it initiated the first step, aware of its indispensable contribution to the new world and its human wealth, Chinese innovation is also:

-An opportunity to return to the common reserve where there are plenty of materials in his building.

- An opportunity to verify that in these materials, she will find Independence and Sovereignty more useful and easier to handle than Victimization and Abdication.

- -An opportunity to see that, to bond in a debt-dependent co-operation is hardly wise. One does not swap the dependence by fear against the facticity of independence by easy debt. The debt-to-GDP ratio is above 50% in some African countries and for almost half the debt is Chinese. The strong risk, one says “it is the loss of sovereignty” if indeed it is effective and respected today. The risk is all the greater when the debt has been used or is used only for “luxury” or non-essential expenses. All the same, public debt is not the only objective risk of losing sovereignty. It is up to African leaders and especially them to evaluate, independently and under the strictest and strict criteria of the most managers, the opportunity for the specific development of their country, contracts they can sign with partners. It is up to them to define the conditions of partnership in the real and lasting interest of their people. This is also innovation. And today, as we have seen in the opulence of opportunity chapter, there are leaders in Africa or among Africans capable of such a mission.

But, pay attention, all the same, the debt for the African countries is more and more brandished like a new scarecrow in the field of the sovereignty, as soon as the Sino-African cooperation is evoked. An argument that is anything but neutral. Hence the urgency of enlightened and sovereign appreciation. That is from the point of view of the long-term interest of Africa and its real partners. All countries are indebted and African countries in this chapter are rather, despite speeches, measured. In relation to GDP, the US public debt is 105.5%, that of France is 96.5%; that of Italy, 132%; that of Belgium, 105.5%, that of Senegal 60%; that of Cameroon, 30.5%; Nigeria, 19%; that of South Africa, 46%, that of Ethiopia, 55%; that of Great Britain, 85.30%, and that of Australia, 42%. The urgency here is, therefore, more to rational management and not to ordinary emotional argumentation.

- An opportunity to seize to set the conditions and the winning criteria of the partnership. It is possible and desirable. And it’s the right moment.

-An opportunity to seize to admit that to present in a crowd with a cheerful appearance, without a pre-established strategic link, in Beijing, is nothing new. It is a France — Africa in La Baule, less infantilizing lessons and check of 60 billion euros more. It is true that for a continental set that weighs $ 189 trillion in a case, the scene seems rather funny. The richest sat in the burning place of the beggar!

For the United States of America

An opportunity to weigh up its strategic orientations in the light of changing mentalities.

For the USA, one of the most indebted countries in the world with 105.4% of GDP and whose public debt towards China is close to a trillion dollars, cooperation is vital and Chinese innovation a necessity. Simply put, China is the second largest owner of US government securities.

If this over-indebted country accentuates its inconsistent war against the development of China, products imported from China and necessary to the American industry, such as steel will automatically make the American manufactured products too expensive and uncompetitive.

With the immediate consequence the fall in domestic consumption by the loss of household purchasing power.

America, a land of predilection for innovation, as I have pointed out and praised in the preceding chapters, which has managed, despite so much human damage, to produce a series of innovations, cannot find itself on the side of the adversaries of the progress, without denying itself, without becoming weak, without destroying itself. It would be a shame that this considerable human site renounces progress and activates backward reflexes and prejudices the harmonious evolution of civilization.

America must remain the land where the excellence of genies of all origins finds a breeding ground to turn the dream of a more beautiful world into a visible reality.

It is this America that the world loves and defends. Google Management is a copy of it.

And the repercussions of the policy of withdrawal at the scale of the planet are considerable.

What impact on the world economy?

Global economic growth is fueled by trade across the globe. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has repeatedly warned that any protectionist temptation threatens the global improvement.

The new president of the US Central Bank (Fed), Jerome Powell, yet appointed by Donald Trump, recently acknowledged that a trade war was nothing more than “a greater risk to the economic outlook.”

Before him and in the same direction, his counterpart of the European Central Bank, Mario Draghi, had been more direct:

“A shift to protectionism would pose a serious risk to productivity growth and the potential growth of the global economy.”

“An (economic) slowdown in China because of tariffs would be damaging for other Asian economies and out of Asia, for Germany and France,” said economists at Oxford Economics

According to this group of independent economists whose role is to advise the French Prime Minister, “the loss of GDP is estimated at more than 4% for the whole of Europe and more than 3% for France after this rise in taxes on Chinese products. To convert this into hard cash, it is on average an “annual loss of € 1,250 per capita in the EU and € 1,125 per capita in France”, a little less than a minimum Interprofessional Growth Salary

Innovation, the only key to human adventure.

As we will see later, the real future innovation will undoubtedly make current inoperative calculation methods and various rankings on the basis of the current obsolete parameters. We are only at the beginning of the announcement of a new world. One is not naive because one believes in a better and possible future, but to prohibit it, is one so smart? Where is the novelty?

Should we be afraid of China?

If there is one indisputable common point and essential in humans, all holders of the same cultural identity card, it is the instinct of survival. And since the dawn of our lease on the planet, this instinct is transmitted from one generation to another, from one human site to another and vice versa only by the genius of innovation. And if I say it, it is because I see you at the height of an observation: the prolific Innovation-Instinct couple of Survival camps in front of another couple equally prolific, Fear — Decline. I advise you, and it’s the only thing I can do at this time, if you must absolutely invite one of the two couples to your table for dinner, choose the first is the guarantee of better days.

Jacques Nkoa- Betené, Consultant and professor in development strategy/