HOW AND WHY CHINA IS TRYING TO COLONISE AFRICA!

China will continue to participate in UN peacekeeping missions in Africa and support African countries capacity building in areas such as defense, counter-terrorism, riot prevention, customs and immigration control.”

By Ramson Chidembo

Dick size doesn’t matter indeed. The Chinese have smallest worldwide I heard, but look how they are drilling the whole world and especially our great Africa. These boys are growing big balls for sure. Their political and economical hegemony in Africa is explicitly increasing. Truly truly I tell you that its easy for Donald Trump to marry a Chinese woman than for an African to own a mine in Beijing. I doubt if there are even black owned car-washes in China. Meanwhile they the Chinese are the informal sector of Africa.

Before dragging China to charges of colonialism or neocolonialism, it is important for the Pan-Afrikan to understand what makes a colony.

If economic power is centred outside of national Afrikan boundaries, then political and military power in any real sense is also centred outside. ~Walter Rodney

Thanks to books like How Europe Underdeveloped Afrika, we know that the purposes of a colony are:

▶︎ to extend the influence of the “mother country”
▶︎ to provide a source of raw materials for the “mother country”
▶︎ to provide a market for manufactured products of the “mother country”
▶︎ to provide a place for people to live, especially if the “mother country” is overcrowded

China is running out of natural resources, food, and water. A study by China’s Ministry of Water Resources found that approximately 55% of China’s 50,000 rivers that existed in the 1990s have disappeared.

To solve these problems, China is looking to its Afrikan colonies. Once reporter who had just returned from the Horn of Afrika reported Chinese agriculture executives running all over the place.

Africa has never had business friends but biting the biting and chewing sucking pests. Many would argue that China’s investment in Afrika benefits Afrikans as much as the Chinese. That China’s participation creates Afrikan jobs. Or that the Chinese are better ‘friends’ to Afrika than the West.

In the words of Dr. John Henrick Clarke, Afrika has no friends.

Afrikans are blasted by the Chinese as lazy and incompetent; “90% of Afrikans are thieves,” says a leading Chinese entrepreneur in Namibia.
Writing to phillipscott@africadiasporanews.org , a Chinese man by the name Xi Chen or chen28268@gmail.com stated that :

” I have noticed that you are talking a lot about the Chinese people moving to Africa. What you have to understand is that the Chinese are more advanced race than the Africans, its part of the evolutionary process that the stronger race dominates the weaker race. I understand that you are upset about it but I hope you understand that it is natural for the Chinese to rule over the Africans. I believe that the Africans are mentally inferior and their resources must not be wasted…”

A LOOK INTO CHINA-AFRICA RELATIONS

The relationship between China and Africa has grown exponentially in the last decade resulting in China being the continent’s largest trading partner, displacing Europe and the United States. The status and evolving relationship is one of the most critical developments in international affairs.

The growth of China as a world power and its engagement on the continent, which is manifested in various ways, including state level and private investments involving variegated actors, has not been without controversy. An estimated one million Chinese migrants resided in Africa by 2014.

Chinese President Xi Jinping declared at the 2015 Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in Johannesburg, South Africa, that the China-Africa relations had reached a stage of growth “unmatched in history.”

The announcement came with a major aid package, a manifestation of China’s skillful use of hard, soft, and smart power that included $60 billion in various loans, grants, and special funds, various assistance in industrialization, agricultural modernization, infrastructure, financial services, trade and investment facilitation, poverty reduction, and peace and security.

The announcement also included the training of 200,000 African technicians, 1,000 media professionals, 40,000 opportunities for Africans in China, 2,000 degree or diploma opportunities, and 30,000 government scholarships. China also promised to establish regional vocational education centers and several capacity-building colleges in Africa. On security cooperation, President Xi announced that China would provide $60 million in free assistance to the African Union (AU) to support the building and operation of the African.

Standby Force and an African Capacity for the Immediate Response to Crisis, adding:
“China will continue to participate in UN peacekeeping missions in Africa and support African countries capacity building in areas such as defense, counter-terrorism, riot prevention, customs and immigration control.”

China, however, has been willing to work with any type of government whether it is democratically elected or authoritarian as in the case of Zimbabwe. It has also provided arms to dictatorships and refused to be engaged in the internal conflicts of the countries.

Clearly the increase in security is mainly to safeguard China’s economic interests and its citizens, particularly in countries where China has both peacekeepers and major commercial interests such as Sudan and South Sudan (oil) and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (minerals).

Supply Of Firearms To Volatile Regions
Chinese made rifles and incendiary ammunition have been found in the Darfur region of Sudan, an area subject to a UN weapons embargo, while rocket-propelled grenades from China have been seen in Somalia. Chinese rifles have also been discovered in the Ivory Coast.

Paul Holtom, director of SIPRI’s arms transfers program, said it’s difficult to trace how arms sold from Chinese companies to Afrikan governments end up in places that violate UN restrictions.
China may not be taking into account “the risk of misuse or diversion” of its arms transfers to Afrika, he said.

Although Chinese officials say they’re committed to fighting illicit trade in small arms, Beijing has often stymied UN requests for more information about its weapons found in conflict zones and reacted angrily to criticism of its arms trade.

In a notorious incident at the height of brutal violence during the country’s disputed 2008 elections, a Chinese ship loaded with weapons and ammunition destined for Zimbabwe docked at the South Afrikan port of Durban. Workers there refused to unload the rockets, mortar bombs and mortar tubes, and the “ship of shame” was forced to leave, although it was rumored to have later delivered its cargo via Angola.

CHINESE NATIONALISM

Communist china put’s the nation interest ahead of the individual. Capitalist West is more inclined to individualism and imperialism through multinational corporations. Such political leanings of the Western Powers tend to be liberal on Nationalist interests. Not so for China. Such unity of purpose is extremely powerful to any national interest.

RACISM

The Chinese are just as racist as any American hood-wearing Klansman. Millions of Chinese are leaving their homeland to participate in the new Afrikan “gold rush”. When Chinese arrive, however, they stay as far away from Afrikans as they possibly can.

They tend to stick together more tightly than any other ethnic group. They avoid working with Afrikans at the lower levels, and only negotiate or work with them at the highest level, where presidents and generals come into play.

In Liberia a Chinese hotel owner explains that his Chinese guests bring their own towels for fear of using one previously used by “hei ren” (“black people”) as they are known.

They try their best to separate themselves from us. Such narratives must definitely STOP. In July 2020 a Chinese mine owner guned down a local employee for demanding his wage in United States Dollars in Zimbabwe

MARRYING AFRICAN WOMEN

The only exception is the increasing number of Chinese immigrants marrying Afrikan women to gain visas and continue their business interests in the country. And when it comes to Chinese investment in infrastructure, understand this: The investment of Afrikan transportation infrastructure will allow the Chinese to relieve Afrika of her wealth much faster than western nations were able to do. Unlike Europeans, who forced Afrikans to use their bare hands and bare backs to mine and harvest, China brings heavy machinery into Afrikan nations to speed up the process.

Afrikans mistake these exports as gifts designed to make Afrikan life easier. In reality, it is to make it faster and easier for China to continue its exploitation of the hosting country.

FEW EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Chinese ventures create very few if any jobs for Afrikans. China brings workers to Afrika from China to build roads, ports, dams, and railways.

Chinese construction sites are full of Chinese people working it. With a high population in China and dwindling employment opportunities, the Chinese government is distributing it’s population all over Afrika through her economic activities. This in turn provides little access to such opportunities to Afrikans.

The Chinese are even competing with the indeginous Africans in small scale jobs like vending. Its now very normal to see a Chinese selling roasted corn by the road side or selling data cables and phone chargers in the CBD. What will be for the indeginous Africans in their motherboard a Chinese can run a commercial vegetable garden in Africa?

DUMPING GROUND FOR UNWANTED GOODS

 Afrika has become a dumping ground for the world’s unwanted goods. According to Roberto Manriquez, a criminal intelligence officer in Interpol’s intellectual property crime unit, counterfeit medicines are the number one priority of the world’s biggest police organisation.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 30% of medicines sold in developing countries are fakes and a major problem is that high numbers of drugs bought by the state for use in public hospitals are being illegally obtained and then sold on for profit in the private sector. These medicines bound for Afrika were seized by Belgian customs authorities

China is notoriously culpable for counterfeiting technology and all products of value ranging from medicine, mobile phones, foodstuffs, electrical appliances to literally everything. China will definitely have a fake version of the original. Whereas the Chinese products are cheap, their quality is poor and they don’t last long. This incurs economic losses to the recipient countries.

In the case of foodstuffs and medical supplies, such products are risk averse to health problems. It is one sure way that China can easily reduce the population of a country through affecting it’s fertility and reproduction through such goods.

UNFAIR COMPETITION

Due to the mass production of such commodities and the low standards, Chinese products are cheap and cause unfavorable completion to industrial goods in the recipient countries. An example is imported fish from China that is cheaper than fish from lake Victoria in the town close to the lake.

MILITARY BASES

China appears to be working to establish bases of operations for future wars. Just as the Nazis used North Afrika to fight the British (and the French used Afrikans to fight Germans), China will likely use its Afrikan territories to fight the west if the two sides come to blows. And its likely that will be the case.

“Glory Drenched In Blood Will Pave China’s Road To Revitalization” ~ China’s President Of The Marine Institute For Security

If such a war were to take place on Afrikan soil, Afrikan’s themselves will most likely be drawn into the conflict and be forced to participate. At the very least, Afrikan nations would supply China with raw materials to fuel their conquest. Angola already pays its debts to China in oil.

For decades, China’s presence in Africa has largely focused on economic, commercial and peacekeeping activities. Now, Beijing is building on that by establishing greater military links to protect its national assets on the continent and gain greater geopolitical influence.

The People’s Liberation Army conducts regular joint training exercises across the region and, in certain countries that are home to major Chinese infrastructure projects under the Belt and Road initiative, the communist state has been especially active.

In Djibouti, where Chinese companies have constructed strategic ports and Afrika’s first electric transnational railway, Beijing last year formally launched its first overseas military base, which also operates as a logistics and intelligence facility. Many experts now anticipate more Chinese bases in the years to come, with Namibia rumored as a potential location.

Meanwhile in Tanzania, where the state-run conglomerate China Merchants Holdings International is hoping to invest in the Bagamoyo mega port, China built a complex designed to train local armed forces earlier this year. And, at the first-ever China-Africa Defense and Security Forum in Beijing early this year, the communist state announced it will provide Afrikan countries with “comprehensive support” on matters such as piracy and counter-terrorism. That includes providing technologies, equipment, personnel and strategic advice.

SAFEGUARDING HER INTERESTS

A desire to safeguard Chinese workers and Chinese-funded projects on the continent is likely behind the government’s efforts. China’s security concerns are actually aimed at its own nationals, and military diplomacy is skillfully used to protect them and their interests.

The evacuation of hundreds of Chinese and foreign nationals from Yemen in 2015 — on a People’s Liberation Army frigate that sailed from the coasts of Somalia — proves just how crucial the presence of a military logistics base on the eastern coast of Afrika is for China.

In fact, many speculate that it was Beijing’s concerns over its investments that resulted in the 2017 coup that ousted Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe — a charge that Xi’s administration has denied.

THEFT AND LOOTING OF RESOURCES

In Sierra Leone the Chinese are doing the unexplainable. Through peer trawling they are successfully destroying our aquatic ecosystems. They are recklessly looting our fish, pack and tin them then export them back to us at very cheap prices to disadvantage our local fishermen.

ACQUISITION OF POLITICAL POWER

The Chinese are gradually grabbing political power and influence. Reports of their political hegemony in Africa are explicitly increasing. Mr Sun Qiang ,a Chinese man has become a chief in Afram Agya, Ghana. He was given the title Nkosuohene (Development Chief) for his contribution to the town.

In Zimbabwe, the road to the newly built Parliamentary House has been named after a Chinese who financially contributed much in the construction of the building. The envisaged highway that lead to the New Parliament Building is called Chairman Mao Boulevard, in honour of a great friend of Zimbabwe.

Also in Nigeria, a Chinese trader, Mike Zhang was made a Chief walklin Yan China meaning the leader of the Chinese residents in Kano, Nigeria.

CONCLUSION AND WAY FORWARD

It is clear that China is trying to colonise Africa in a 21century modus operandi, that is; without force this time. China attempts to use media to frame its Africa engagement in a positive light. Chinese so- called investments impact African societies largely negatively, and facts are figures. Chinese neocolonialism, racism, and exploitation of Africa is at hand.

Our youths Our hope !
It is quite clear that Afrika has every reason to rise against the aggressiveness of the dragon people.
Its high time for African youths to adopt steel balls and do the needful since there is no more time to waste. Without wasting time each youth must strive to get closer to positions of power to salvage the situation from the greedy and ignorant old folks. The youth must rise and take a firm stance against the Chinese invasion. Without any doubt, this is the generation that will ignite the Afrikan renaissance from within and not without.

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