- Politics and Social Issues
Imperial China's Second Continent: Africa
Just about anywhere you go in parts of Africa, you will see Chinese. China is colonizing these countries, improving their internal infrastructure by building roads, railways, schools and homes, while they mine and drain Africa's limited oil reserves for their own use in China. Of course, the Africans are use to this because they are in the third world and like an abused child, is taken advantage of. It has been going on for centuries and all of the first world countries have their blood on their hands.
But, China's "Go Out" policy, one that tells its businesses to go around the world to find the resources China needs has really zoomed in on Africa. At the start of 2000, trade with all of Africa was nil, today, it is two hundred BILLION dollars. Chinese construction firms make a their of third of income from African contracts. Since that time, some one million Chinese have moved to Africa working for Chinese firms and many simply stay after the resources are consumed. Like other conquering countries, the Chinese generally think that most Africans are lazy and incompetent, not to mention illiterate.
While other countries have colonized African areas to extract resources or business opportunities, for the most part, the West ignored it. China looked at the continent and saw investment and business opportunities and Africa became the "easy target to conquest". But, because of the rapid population increases, the West is coming back to Africa with commerical enterprises. Walmart bought the huge African chain, Massmart, which has 350 stores in 12 countries south of the Sahara. The French returned with their Carrefour stores in former colonies.
But, compared to China, which is extracting many African nation's oil, copper and other natural resources for Chinese consumption, the African nations will be the big loser. Even though the resources are bought on the cheap by China, the poor African nations have nothing more to offer once China has depleted their natural resources. Today, it is a sort of "Boom Time" for them, as their well being and infrastructure is greatly improved with Chinese money and help, but by 2050, most of the resources will be gone. These are not unlimited resources.
China is looking at this date and also considering large projects to grow food in areas that are too arid. The food would be for Chinese consumption for the most part. Imagine farming three million acres. This will mean more Chinese going to Africa.
Africa is being colonized for now by China for a variety of reasons. Many Chinese have gone there to start a new life with more freedom and this helps spread out the vast Chinese population from the mainland. China is working the economic aspects of colonization and tiptoeing in the political realms. They were not like the Soviets who tried to make a new communist nation, which ultimately failed. The Chinese are all about going into an area, get the knowledge or resources for a price and ship it back to the mother land.
They do it everywhere.