Africa In The Hands Of China After Colonialism

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Robert Mugabe shakes hands with the Chinese president, Xi Jinping.  

Like the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989, distinguishing the flames of communism, colonialism and Apartheid also faded after the Europeans lost its grip on Africa, when demanding of political independence swept through Africa colony in the fifties.

Even though Africa is much underestimated, the continent’s rich mineral resources always attract both developing and developed countries. China is now actively engaged in Africa, but under heavy criticism, because the West and America see them as opportunists interested in Africa’s resources.

Nearly 600 years ago, the first Chinese reached Africa during the Ming dynasty, a period of cultural restoration and expansion, on the coast of Kenya. The next significant arrival was in the early 1900’s when about 60,000 Chinese miners worked on goldfields in South Africa. Later, Chairman Mao Zedong sent tens of thousands of agricultural and construction workers to Africa to enhance ties with countries emerging from colonialism.

Africa, taken as a continent of ignorance, attract Europeans and Asians because many believe that without enough education, Africa is a place one can easily set up a business and be a boss. A weak economy, influenced by rampant corruption, has allowed African leaders quickly welcoming Chinese business entrepreneurs to Africa. The Chinese have taken over the construction works in Africa, employing hundreds of Chinese and African nationals, becoming the most aggressive investor-nation in Africa.

Although China is playing a significant role in the construction and engineering sectors in Africa, not everything that glitters is gold. Chinese companies are cutting into Africa’s profits. Most African companies are losing jobs to the Chinese companies because a lot of the African leaders have confidence in them and also they offer lower construction prices. Nevertheless; trade between China and Africa reached a new high last year, totaling US$198.5 billion. It is estimated that about 1 million Chinese people are engaged in different sectors in Africa.

The strong presence of Chinese in Africa has sparked controversy, as America and Europe continue to accuse them of flooding the market with inferior or cheap quality products. Due to the rate of poverty, Africans rely on affordable products. It seems they have found solution and satisfaction in Chinese products. To build a good relationship with African leaders China continues to support and giving a loan to Africa to enhance its developments.

In Ghana, a crackdown on illegal miners exploiting the gold industry led to the deportation of thousands of Chinese nationals from the country. The Immigration authorities say more than 4,500 Chinese nationals were repatriated after a series of swoops on illegal goldmines; souring the relationship between the governments of Ghana and China.

Many Ghanaians and local residents aren’t happy over the action of the Ghanaian government. “They were the ones that provided the mining equipment, most of the Ghanaians left behind can’t continue their operations,” said one of the local residents, but many Ghanaians concerned about health and environmental hazards lauded the government’s efforts to curb illegal mining.

The question is: Why years after colonialism Africa still depend on foreign aid, despite economic growth in many parts of the continent significantly outpacing the global average?’ How is the money spent and how can Africa progress without foreign aid? What is the significance of independence when Africa is still crawling like a baby learning how to move around?

Science and technology provide the transformation of every developing and developed country, in this way, Africa have to build expertise in these areas for the economy to take off, but since corruption has affected every infrastructure, the continent has a long way to go and will always lack behind in development.

The Harm Is Already Done: The African Continent Is On The Verge Of Total Collapse Without Remedy

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By Joel Savage and Johan Van Dongen

“Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it.” The truth in this axiom can’t be ignored, since African politicians and leaders failed to protect Africans and Africa, after the horrifying events of colonialism and medical crimes in the continent of Africa. Africa is a continent citizens are used as Guinea pigs and rats to test all dangerous drugs manufactured in Europe and United States of America.

Whatever medical crimes during and after colonialism, that took place in Africa, is just the tip of the iceberg, the entire African continent is on the verge of total collapse, which will destroy its economy beyond remedy. Lack of education, expertise, and poverty are some of the causes which have rendered Africa, remote and helpless, to depend on the West and America for miraculous solutions, giving them the free license to continue harming Africa in a ‘friendly’ manner with impunity.

Despite all the raw materials Africa has, the economy, health system and educational institutions, still remain weak and fragile. Years after colonialism, Africa still depends heavily on former colonial masters. Many times I asked, the significance of independence in Africa, when leaders still bring their pans, begging for food and financial aid in advanced countries.

Since African leaders heavily depend on the West and the United States of America, whatever economic or financial crisis Europe and America faces, affects Africa. Aids is a disease killing thousands of Africans each day, yet there are HIV/Aids patients in Europe and America, who are still living after got the disease twenty years ago.

So what kind of medicines are Europeans and United States of America supply to Africa to deal with its HIV/Aids and Ebola patients? One thing African leaders need to realize now is, the more they depend on the West and America, the possibility to face more economic and medical crisis, because the use of Africans as rats to test drugs will continue unabated.

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In the past, America used homosexuals, mentally handicapped and homeless people to test their evil drugs. Ex-president Bill Clinton has apologized; promising history will not be repeated. That means Africa is the only continent easy to penetrate to commit their heinous medical crimes.

If Ebola is not a medical crime, why should Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia experienced it at the same time in West Africa? How long will African leaders sit aside and look while Africa becomes a dumping ground for all unwanted stuff from Europe and American and Africans used to test all dangerous drugs?

On many occasions African leaders participating in conferences and forums in Europe and America, will do everything to avoid being interviewed by an African journalist, because they are scared to face the reality, questions they aren’t prepared to answer, but ignorantly they don’t know that most of the questions from European or American journalists were taken from African journalists they collaborate with.

This is the time for African leaders to hold summit in the interest of the continent and find solutions for its porous and weak economy, because the world’s banking system is on the verge of collapsing. It’s always starts from Greece. Despite the European and U.S. governments’ efforts to bail out Greece and prop up the stock market, the global banking system came tumbling down like the Berlin wall in 1989. Now it’s clear history wants to repeat itself.

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The votes of African citizens bring politicians into power. They should therefore protect, improve the educational and health institutions for the benefit of the citizens, including children. If Africans, African-Americans or Africans in the Diaspora, continue to face abuse of human rights and injustices, then African leaders aren’t special. They are just a laughing stock in the eyes of European and American leaders.

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