China, Sudan and the Darfur conflict in perspective (2001-2010)
Oduori, Anthony W
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Anarchy, political theory confirms, is opposed to all forms of government. Realists embrace this philosophy of life where the highest attainment of humanity is the freedom of individuals to express themselves, unhindered by any form of repression or control. A world view that resembles classical Greek and Roman authority that found vindication in the fact that war was inevitable because of the absence of a world government. In such world view interest provides the only legitimate basis for state action, a disposition that set and continues to set precedent to conflict. Many nation states have used the concept of national interest to justify their foreign policy however much it rubbed the rest of the world the wrong way. They cite sovereignty, national interest and survival in the absence of a central authority so that the resultant clash of interests creates the infamous security dilemma. 'Acting now' becomes a necessity as the actors seek the usually overrated need for serving that interest 'now' and not later.China's post-Maoist leadership has preached and practiced noninterference to win a foothold on the African continent as it secured its energy resources and markets in the same vein of serving this interest. This approach has sometimes been attributed to sustaining instability like that in the Darfur region of Sudan more so the same sentiments, it has been argued, have fanned anti-Chinese populism. The People's Republic of China as a hegemony needs to use its growing influence in the world to demand for good governance and accountability in the universal search for basic rights, freedoms and to engage with the right entities that mean well for a society of overlapping worlds. This will ensure responsible behavior among state and non-state actors because the assumed inviolability of state sovereignty in now fast eroding. Atrocities just like best practice systems and processes at anyone spot or within a state are now the business of all international actors both neighboring and otherwise. The universal desire to overcome selfish nationalist concerns now recognizes that the kinship of all peoples reigns supreme like never before.