As China and the United States compete to stamp their interest in Jamaica with their investment dollars, it is Jamaica who must make the decision on what is best for the Jamaican people.
The below argument was contributed by Christopher Lynn and he lays out why China might be better for Jamaica and the Jamaican people.
History should be a good teacher in this case. Has American foreign policy worked as a stabilizing agent for Jamaica? Quite the contrary, America has been a destabilizing force in Jamaica since the Ronald Reagan presidency.
Has America enabled Jamaica to keep the talent on the Island to help shape the future of the country with continuous decades of brain drain? In the late 70s and into the 80s, as the guns from America rolled into Jamaica, the talent from the island rolled into America. This was not by accident or coincidence but rather by design.
Jamaica needs to re-prioritize with business partners to open the opportunities needed to bring those builders and leaders back. Invite that opportunity for those that split for money to come back and reinvest that phenomenal spirit, education and experience back into Jamaica with ideas and developments (social, engineering, sciences) that make sense for the island.
If examining from a 50000 ft. view, China produces literally everything and has trade and distribution channels to practically everywhere on the planet. The United States is up to its eyeballs in debt, pissed off practically everyone on the planet and is printing money hand over fist to keep something unsustainable barely functional.
If you found yourself needing some assistance and you had two older brothers whom you could contact for help; you find out that one of your brother owes your other brother a large sum of money; which brother would you go to for help? The one that owes the money or the one that is owed the money?