By Xinhua Writer Qu Junya BEIJING, (Xinhua)
-- Japanís attempt at the Sixth Tokyo
International Conference on African Development (TICAD) in late
August to politicize the so-called Japan-Africa summit cannot
convince Africa of its sincerity in offering help.
Its failure to do so at the conference held on Aug. 27-28 in
Nairobi, Kenya, is also a fact that cannot be changed by
sugar-coated coverage by Japanese media.
This is shown in the outcome document, the Nairobi Declaration,
which rejects Japanís intended texts about reforming the United
Nations (UN) Security Council or freedom of navigation.
It is less than Japan desired, much less than the claim in the Aug.
29 report by Japanís Kyodo news agency that an agreement on the role
of international law in keeping maritime order was reached despite
the tension in the East and South China Seas.
Similar Japanese media reports, distorting and misleading, are
trying to direct Japan-Africa relations toward a confrontation with
China in order to damage the traditionally friendly ties between
China and Africa, analysts said.
Japanís deliberate disparagement of China-Africa cooperation during
the TICAD meeting in Nairobi as reported by African media also
served this end.
However, this little trick, as well as its attempt at the prior
high-ranking officialsí meeting to shift the focus of the TICAD
agenda and outcome document from the development and improvement of
livelihood in Africa, was met only with disapproval by leaders of
many African countries.
The leaders made their stance clear: They oppose Japanís
politicizing the TICAD, and Japanís imposing its will and issues
elsewhere on Africa.
In fact, African countries know very well what the actual purpose of
Japanís investments is. Some African media have even described
Japanís assistance pledges as mere publicity stunts.
Japan wants to secure African support for its intended entry into
the UN Security Council, a Sierra Leone news website reckons.
Africaís oil is another target of Japanís after an earthquake forced
the closure of the Fukushima nuclear station, it said.
Only one third of the investments of 30 billion U.S. dollars by
2018 that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged at the meeting
is for the development of infrastructure, Nigeriaís mainstream
Leadership newspaper reported.
The rest from the private sector can only benefit Japanese
businesses rather than the African people, it said.
No wonder African countries have appealed to Japan to base its help
on mutual benefits, instead of seeking only political returns or an
access to Africaís rich natural resources and huge market of product
It is the first time that the TICAD was hosted in Africa. However,
an attendance by barely over half of the countries on the continent
may indicate a lack of interest on Africaís part in Japanís
insincere chequebook diplomacy.