Of course, none of this makes it any less savory in people’s eyes and it has reached the point in many countries where national development is being severely hampered because resources are going to the wrong places and those in power are simply getting richer and more powerful.
It is not uncommon to have to pay government officials and public service staff ‘special’ cash fees to get things done. One excuse given is that they are so poorly paid they have to do resort to these practices to survive. Of course, if the money was going into government coffers then it might be able to pay staff more. So the cycle continues.
If the USA and other superpowers want to change things radically, they may wish to check their own yard first. If I am having trouble differentiating between lobbying and unacceptable business practices, then how can we expect others to?