Protecting the Third World

PUBLISHED : Monday, 20 October, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 20 October, 2003, 12:00am

In refer to the letter headlined 'China question' (October 3).

As reported in the South China Morning Post over the last six months it seems many mainland companies are sourcing their food and other natural resources from Third World countries.

There seems to be scant regard for either the environment or the people of those nations.

At what point as China develops will people see that this nation of 1.2 billion will consume more than it can regenerate?

What action will be taken to protect those nations with corrupt leaders who sell their country's resources to feed the Chinese masses, without any concern for either the environment or the long-term well-being of the people?

The mainland government has an obligation to supervise the action of companies importing from abroad and it must be seen as not condoning rampant exploitation of Third World nations.

Simple import controls and sourcing verification would be a start. Long-term planning with nations which produce more than they can consume could alleviate the problem to some degree. And there should be better education to cut back wastage.

One can then hope we see more prosperity for all nations.