Saturday, 19 July 2008

China's takeover of Africa

Interesting take on China's role in Africa. The sheer number of people moving from China to Africa is interesting.

The author does not mince their words and China gets a grilling. This long article is worth reading in full.

How China's taking over Africa, and why the West should be VERY worried [This is London]


With little fanfare, a staggering 750,000 Chinese have settled in Africa over the past decade. More are on the way.

The strategy has been carefully devised by officials in Beijing, where one expert has estimated that China will eventually need to send 300 million people to Africa to solve the problems of over-population and pollution.

The plans appear on track. Across Africa, the red flag of China is flying. Lucrative deals are being struck to buy its commodities - oil, platinum, gold and minerals. New embassies and air routes are opening up. The continent's new Chinese elite can be seen everywhere, shopping at their own expensive boutiques, driving Mercedes and BMW limousines, sending their children to exclusive private schools.

The pot-holed roads are cluttered with Chinese buses, taking people to markets filled with cheap Chinese goods. More than a thousand miles of new Chinese railroads are crisscrossing the continent, carrying billions of tons of illegally-logged timber, diamonds and gold.

The trains are linked to ports dotted around the coast, waiting to carry the goods back to Beijing after unloading cargoes of cheap toys made in China.

Confucius Institutes (state-funded Chinese 'cultural centres') have sprung up throughout Africa, as far afield as the tiny land-locked countries of Burundi and Rwanda, teaching baffled local people how to do business in Mandarin and Cantonese.

Massive dams are being built, flooding nature reserves. The land is scarred with giant Chinese mines, with 'slave' labourers paid less than £1 a day to extract ore and minerals.

Pristine forests are being destroyed, with China taking up to 70 per cent of all timber from Africa.


John Richardson said...

Just as we Brits did in the 19th century when the queues of boats along the Thames - bringing raw materials from The Empire - could be several miles long.

Return trips involved finished goods made in the UK. from textiles to steel.

The difference this time around is that China is bigger in population, of course, and will therefore have a much greater impact on the politics of Africa and its environmemt. Modern technologies also inflict much more damage than the days of The Empire.

bathmate said...

I liked it.

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