China Is Slowly Taking Over Africa And No One Is Talking About It

China Is Slowly Taking Over Africa And No One Is Talking About It. By James Dunnigan.

Chinese expansionism doesn’t always involve reviving, or inventing, territorial claims along their borders. Chinese efforts to annex the South China Sea and large areas on their Indian border get a lot of diplomatic, military and media attention but there is another kind of Chinese expansion that, while less noticed, is becoming a serious economic and political problem for the countries the Chinese have been allowed to invade economically. …

There are growing number of countries that allow Chinese investment on a large, multi-billion dollar, scale. Such large investments come with conditions, and that’s where the trouble begins.

The Chinese insist that they must bring their own Chinese workforce. This includes demands that these new visitors can establish their own Chinese settlements and then stay when the project is over. The new visitors must be allowed to start businesses. This sort of thing results in the Chinese establishing a permanent economic presence and control over a growing percentage of the local economy. …

One reason for building a large navy and military air transport fleet is to provide armed escorts for Chinese bill collectors and diplomats.

Since 2000 Chinese use of these “invasion” tactics has become increasingly obvious in the African nations involved. … The bad relations began when Africans realized that the Chinese bring their own workers and employ few locals for construction projects China was paying for. Over time fewer and fewer locals were used. This gave the Chinese greater control over projects, usually related to construction (buildings, roads, and the like) or mining. …

There are now plenty of Chinese (about two million now, throughout Africa) and Chinese companies (about 10,000 so far) to rebuild and maintain this infrastructure that has now became a vital part of the local economy.

The Chinese workers are kept in separate camps initially and eventually in newly built towns and city neighborhoods.. The Chinese rarely mix with locals. …

The local tyrants are treated well as partners. That’s because these thugs are shunned by Western nations and businesses. Because of this, China is increasingly seen as a supporter of evil governments and that has generated a widespread African hostility towards all things Chinese. This has led to anti-Chinese riots in some countries and a general animosity towards the Chinese at the grass roots level. Thus, when these countries go through their next rebellion the Chinese are likely to be a popular target and a major loser if the rebels win. …

China is also flooding African markets with inexpensive goods. Both of these tactics are hurting local businesses and cause unrest among African business owners and workers. …

Russian fears

Many Chinese neighbors are actively resisting these terms because these nations know what it means; eventual annexation of some or all their territory because it is now “Chinese.” Even Russia and North Korea are threatened by this.

Former Soviet Union provinces in Central Asia, independent since 1991 are seeking closer ties with nuclear armed Russia for defense against these Chinese moves.

China would be all over North Korea if it weren’t for the fiercely nationalistic North Korean dictatorship. All Koreans know that historical “Greater Korea” used to include large portions of northeast China that once had majority Korean population. These areas now have a large Korean minority population but are indisputably Chinese.

Same thing is happening in northwest China where Xinjiang province was once known as East Turkestan and it had a majority Uighur Moslem population. Centuries of Chinese efforts to turn Xinjiang from a conquered province into a Han (ethnic Chinese) majority region have succeeded in many respects.

A similar effort is underway in Tibet, where the local population are distant cousins to the Han but have for over a thousand years resisted Chinese occupation and domination. Tibet is losing that battle. …

Russia, Central Asian and other Asian nations are seeing the same tactics being used on them and are demanding restrictions on these practices. Thailand turned down billions in Chinese investments because the Chinese would not limit the use of Chinese labor doing the work in Thailand.

Israpundit:

Many people believe that the endgame for China is to make a whole lot more money and to gain control over a whole lot more resources. And China is undoubtedly pursuing those goals, but as Forbes has noted, ultimately what this is about is turning Africa “into another Chinese continent”

The reason Chinese corporations are in Africa is simple; to exploit the people and take their resources. It’s the same thing European colonists did during mercantile times, except worse. The Chinese corporations are trying to turn Africa into another Chinese continent. They are squeezing Africa for everything it is worth.

In fact, it’s hard to find a major construction project in Africa right now that is not being orchestrated by the Chinese, which has enabled Beijing to leave their mark in some of the major cities in the continent.

hat-tip Scott of the Pacific