Colonialism is a loaded word, to use it here isn't right. Making themselves an alternative to the West which screwed Africa in the past, China is farming influence. The partnership makes a lot of sense. The USSR tried hard to make friends in the Middle East (they failed)
in the 1960s right? Africa is more likely the stage for some new cold war between the US and China, but I don't even see that happening. Not sure the US is even interested in being in Africa.
It hasn't come to where a country or corporation has a stranglehold on the people or resources, like Shell in Nigeria. It's not colonialism. When unfair treatment begins you can say it's no longer a mutual business agreement, but Africa seems to have a lot of infrastructure to gain from China's move there. Of course the relationship will always be lopsided because many countries in Africa are poor, and their only bargaining chip will be natural resources.
With little fanfare, a staggering 750,000 Chinese have settled in Africa over the past decade. More are on the way.
Yeah, staggering. I have to say this figure is completely fucked.
300,000 of that number were immigrants to South Africa. Over the past decade
because the rise in immigrants is directly connected to the collapse of apartheid where Chinese were considered disadvantaged coloreds.
I don't think South Africa is going to be colonized again, and a bump in Chinese immigration is regular. Poorer countries do see Chinese workers moving in, but I'm pretty sure it's proportional to the amount of business being done.
Speaking of migrants in Africa, some of my friends are Indians from South Africa
. Indians were shipped in to Africa by colonial powers as laborers, this happened in Jamaica too. A large number of Indians live in other parts of Africa too
Not like it would necessarily play out like that, but I don't see a situation similar to this one. I'd like to know more about the average worker for one of these operations. I work at a Chinese company, I wonder if they have opinions on this.
Should we be worried? I guess. China is our competition. But they're not ruining Africa yet.
Edited by American Ristar, 04 July 2012 - 04:14 PM.