Black People : The African X-files

Discussion in 'Black People Open Forum' started by prometheusunbou, Mar 22, 2003.

  1. prometheusunbou

    prometheusunbou Well-Known Member MEMBER

    Mar 14, 2003
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    There is allot of abuse going on in Africa by other nations, sexual abuse of children by the British and sex trade by the get this THE JAPANESE!. African children are being exploited in every way that is humanly possible by the European and Eastern world and lets not leave out the great USA, U.S oil companies are stealing oil from the mother land and giving nothing in return.
    We don't hear about any of this in the world or local news hear at home, if you want more info on this go to the or I consider this the real X-FILES. more to come.
  2. cherryblossom

    cherryblossom Banned MEMBER

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    How China trumped the West’s exploitation of Africa
    13th April, 2009 - Posted by Jeeves

    China’s emergence as a post cold-war superpower has seen a meteoric rise in its economic power. What is much less obvious is the extent to which it has extended its zone of political influence across the globe. No where is this effect more keenly felt than in the worlds poorest continent, Africa. Over the last three decades China have invested heavily in the African economy, increased its trading fifty times over, encouraged the migration of nearly a million Chinese to the continent and secured large portions of Africa’s precious natural resources.

    China’s strategy is clear. Despite huge advances in recent years, much of the Chinese mainland remains poor and under-developed. As the communist party continues to deny basic democratic rights it knows that its best effort at avoiding internal political strife is to continue to deliver economic growth and prosperity for an ever greater number of its citizens.

    Even through out this economic crisis the Chinese leadership has set an annual growth target of 8% and in more prosperous times double-digit growth is considered the bare minimum. All this requires new trading markets and cheap resources. This has led to a huge development in Sino-African relations built around a strictly economic relationship.

    Africa is a land rich in natural resources including oil and valuable metals and minerals. This natural wealth adds to the continuing irony and tragedy of the continent’s poverty and conflict. The west, and the United states in particular, remain the most important trading partners with many natural resources being extracted by western companies and exported to western markets. China is however making a major stake for the remaining resources. Whilst Nigeria and Ghana, Africa’s largest oil exporters, are a virtual western hegemony, China has secured a large proportion of some of Africa’s smaller reserves in Sudan, Angola and Equatorial Guinea.

    China has followed a similar trend to many western countries by investing in Chinese companies to build the infrastructure which extracts and exports natural resources. Although this investment brings huge economic potential, by concentrating on Chinese companies much of the potential wealth bypasses ordinary Africans. Local populations often see only a trickle of benefits from the flood of investment across the region. Foreign companies using their own machines and their own workers to remove Africa’s natural wealth. A definition of economic exploitation and by no means unique to China.

    Even the international aid deals which buy access to local resources will often concentrate on the immigrant workforce rather than providing benefits to the local economy. A 2004 oil deal with Angola included nearly $2billion aid package, but 70% of this was to be spent on Chinese owned oil extraction infrastructure leaving only 30% to be spent on the wider Angolan economy.

    One might question why, with such an unequal relationship, African countries would so readily submit to Chinese economic investment. First it should be pointed out that many of the deals China offers are no different to the grossly unequal economic relationship proposed by the liberal democracies of the west. The choice is not between two conflicting models of investment, but between two very similar methods of exploitation.

    China can often trump western efforts by offering considerable aid deals alongside the offer of economic investment. The West offers aid, but often attaches considerable conditions relating to human rights and corruption. China’’s policy of not intervening in domestic affairs is not just a model it would wish other countries to apply to China. China’s aid comes with few strings attached making it the only viable trading partner for African regimes ostracised by the rest of the international community such as Sudan and Zimbabwe. China’s attitude is summed up in the words of its own deputy foreign minister, Zhou Whenzhong, commenting on the Darfur crisis in 2008 “Business is business. We try to separate politics from business. Secondly, I think the internal situation in the Sudan is an internal affair, and we are not in a position to impose upon them.”

    As China becomes the ally of choice for Africa’s most odious regimes it willingly supplies both military and civilian aid to countries riven by internal conflict and allegations of ethnic cleansing. China’s approach seems almost devoid of a moral dimension and this has led to no shortage of criticism from the international community and aid agencies. It should be pointed out that China is merely adapting a strategy perfected by the West which still continues to this day. The moral dimension to many Western countries foreign policies are rarely more than an aesthetic afterthought to maintain an illusion of responsible investment......