China emulating USA and USA emulating China (Britain, too, a little)
When people complain about China interfering in the internal affairs of South Africa they are doing no more and no less than either the USA or Britain do, only China's new to the game.
We undoubtedly accept that South Africa is lieing through it's teeth, for I know a technician who is based in India who supports equipment used in SA and needed a visa the ttime. He was instructed to fly to Jo'burg and by the time he had arrived the visa was there, ready to be picked up at the airport. It's not as if the Dalai Lama is an unknown person, he has visited the USA and what country is more hypersensitive to risks, real or imagined?
No one can beat the USA for meddling in 'internal affairs', or Britain on occasion, when you consider how many countries the USA has unitarily attacked/invaded since the cessation of the Korean war.
Of course, Libya is the latest example - way, way outside the mandate specified by the UN and without doubt meddling in Libya's 'internal affairs'.
As for paying visa games, prominent British enviro John Stewart travelled to the United States to take part in a month-long speaking tour organized by Aviation Justice Express, a US-based coalition of environmental and community-based groups. When Stewart landed at JFK last week, he says he was escorted off the plane by police and interviewed at length by FBI, Secret Service, and US Customs and Border Protection officials. Then he was denied entry and flown back to the UK. (See: < http://motherjones.com/politics/2011/10/john-stewart-detained-interrogated-JFK >)
As for eavesdropping, no one, but no one does more it than the USA! Whether it's hot wiring the Greek cellco, putting satellite stations in foreign countries such as the one at RAF Menwith Hill, a clear signal that Britain is subservient to the USA (See: < http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAF_Menwith_Hill >) or tapping all forms of communications of it's citizens.
Of course there is one thing that differentiates China from the USA, China has gold reserves of between $2-3,000,000,000,000 whilst the USA has a national debt of $14,836,776,365,856.