It’s About Oil Part III-China Invades Africa

One hundred years ago, the eugenicist Sir Francis Galton,  cousin of Charles Darwin, propounded his belief that the Chinese would and should one day usurp the indigenous peoples of Africa.  China has made a massive and permanent advance into the African continent and intends to do just that. From How China’s Taking Over Africa…..

Chinese President Hu and Dictator Robert Mugabe

Chinese President Hu and Dictator Robert Mugabe

From Nigeria in the north, to Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and Angola in the west, across Chad and Sudan in the east, and south through Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique, China has seized a vice-like grip on a continent which officials have decided is crucial to the superpower’s long-term survival.

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 Chinese are all over the place,’ says Trevor Ncube, a prominent African businessman with publishing interests around the continent. ‘If the British were our masters yesterday, the Chinese have taken their place.’Likened to one race deciding to adopt a new home on another planet, Beijing has launched its so-called ‘One China In Africa’ policy because of crippling pressure on its own natural resources in a country where the population has almost trebled from 500 million to 1.3 billion in 50 years.

China is hungry – for land, food and energy. While accounting for a fifth of the world’s population, its oil consumption has risen 35-fold in the past decade and Africa is now providing a third of it; imports of steel, copper and aluminium have also shot up, with Beijing devouring 80 per cent of world supplies.

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.

So it isn’t just neo-liberals like Larry Summers, Obama’s Director of the White House Economic Council, that think Africa is the ideal toxic waste dump for the industrialized world.

China has become the most important client for African politicians hoping to join the queue for possibly the biggest ecological disasters imaginable.

China is supplying the arms to fuel the continent’s wars and propping up dictators formerly propped up by other colonialists; madness touched rulers such as Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe.  From the same article:

However, there is a lethal price to pay. There is a sinister aspect to this invasion. Chinese-made war planes roar through the African sky, bombing opponents. Chinese-made assault rifles and grenades are being used to fuel countless murderous civil wars, often over the materials the Chinese are desperate to buy.

Take, for example, Zimbabwe. Recently, a giant container ship from China was due to deliver its cargo of three million rounds of AK-47 ammunition, 3,000 rocket-propelled grenades and 1,500 mortars to President Robert Mugabe’s regime.

or the murderous regime in Sudan’s Darfur region.  Also from the article:

Nowhere is that more true than Sudan. Branded ‘Africa’s Killing Fields’, the massive oil-rich East African state is in the throes of the genocide and slaughter of hundreds of thousands of black, non-Arab peasants in southern Sudan.

In effect, through its supplies of arms and support, China has been accused of underwriting a humanitarian scandal. The atrocities in Sudan have been described by the U.S. as ‘the worst human rights crisis in the world today’.

According to Human Rights First, a leading human rights advocacy organisation, Chinese-made AK-47 assault rifles, grenade launchers and ammunition for rifles and heavy machine guns are continuing to flow into Darfur, which is dotted with giant refugee camps, each containing hundreds of thousands of people.

With all the investments China makes in Africa, Chinese laborers imported into Africa have caused anger. From the article:

There have also been riots in Zambia, Angola and Congo over the flood of Chinese immigrant workers. The Chinese do not use African labour where possible, saying black Africans are lazy and unskilled.

In Angola, the government has agreed that 70 per cent of tendered public works must go to Chinese firms, most of which do not employ Angolans.

As well as enticing hundreds of thousands to settle in Africa, they have even shipped Chinese prisoners to produce the goods cheaply.

In Kenya, for example, only ten textile factories are still producing, compared with 200 factories five years ago, as China undercuts locals in the production of ‘African’ souvenirs.

Not just oil, this time, but the oil helps.

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3 Responses to It’s About Oil Part III-China Invades Africa

  1. MKfromLA says:

    China undercuts locals in the production of ‘African’ souvenirs.

    Ever been to Olvera Street – a tourist attraction that is the birthplace of Los Angeles? Many of the souvenirs are made in China. Several shops have signs prohibiting photography of the merchandise.

    The Walmartization of Africa, using African raw materials.

  2. catarina says:

    Wow.

    According to Human Rights First, a leading human rights advocacy organisation, Chinese-made AK-47 assault rifles, grenade launchers and ammunition for rifles and heavy machine guns are continuing to flow into Darfur, which is dotted with giant refugee camps, each containing hundreds of thousands of people.

    How is all this weaponry making it’s way to Darfur without anyone noticing?!
    Not possible.
    So how many countries are just keeping quiet so as not to ruffle the Chinese?

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