Defending China’s aid

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Dear Editor,

Re: China’s generosity to Samoa 

When I first read the news that China donated the big screens to colleges, I felt very happy for the students because they can benefit from these advanced equipment.

I also felt very sad because there is always someone standing out immediately to suspect the goodwill. Every time!

Maybe they are just ungrateful. Maybe it is insufferable for them to see Samoan has a good impression about China, although China really helps these Samoan students. So they spread rumors.

I know you can’t wake a person who is pretending to be asleep. But I want to break the silence and say something today.

There are nearly 200 countries in the world. Samoa is not the only country to receive assistance from China. Our neighbors, Fiji, Tonga, Vanuatu and almost all the Pacific countries get the similar assistance from China. 

Most Samoans don’t not know more than 150 countries get aid from China in the world. Among them, Samoa is one of the smallest countries. So other countries get much more aid than us. Someone told us all of these China does, and so many countries that China provides aid to, is just  to invade Samoa. What a joke!

When you ask them why they say that, they will ask why China give us so much money? They say there is no such things as a free lunch. 

But they forget one fact. Does only China provide the aid in the world? No, every developed country provides assistance to developing countries, including U.S.A., E.U., Japan, U.K., Germany, France, Australia, South Korea and New Zealand. Why do they provide assistance? What do they want? This is part of the international responsibility of these countries.

China is the second biggest economy. Now when China donates medical and educational equipment to Samoa, these people say such ugly words. If China does not provide the assistance, what will happen? These people will criticize China for being stingy.

You can never satisfy them forever.

Faasuaga T.

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