Commonwealth Africa: Beware the Chinese Debt Dragon

African nations, especially in the Commonwealth of Nations, should be wary of China’s advancement and it’s business with them. China has made progress in developing foreign nations with it’s own money. This is a result of endless wealth creation that it has lifted many of it’s citizens into a middle class group of stockbrokers, engineers, transport coordinators and tradespeople. Now they are looking at foreign markets in Africa to expand Chinese influence and to buy properties, minerals, oil and manufacturing facilities. But these Sub-Saharan expansion plans are part of China’s communist party activities, not free market capitalism.

The Coronavirus outbreak has caused relations to fray with China and it has exposed the vulnerability in doing business with the world’s 2nd largest economy. If you want to do business with the communist People’s Republic of China, be prepared to give up your valuable assets and your people’s creative freedom. In 2016 there were a number of resolutions that African nations voted for with China at the United Nations. Of the countries that voted with China at the UN they were revealed to be recipients of big amounts of investment from the Chinese Communist Party. To get investment and to develop their infrastructure with easy money and Chinese engineers these nations appease China greatly for developmental assistance.

At the high end of the appeasers these include Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Ghana, Tanzania, Kenya, Mozambique, Egypt and Rwanda. They have had a number of infrastructure projects that have benefitted from the Chinese government in return for their support on the international stage. In Nigeria a high speed railway line was recently completed to provide transportation across the country. For years they had been relying on a colonial era British built railway network that had been taken over by the post-independence government with minimal improvements. It sounds like a good reward for friendship from China to Nigeria, but there are terms and conditions attached.

Before Xi Jinping became China’s president he had started an international construction project with backing from the CCP called the Belt and Road Initiative. This is part of a network of roads and rails linking a physical connection between Beijing and the rest of the world including Africa. China offers to build infrastructure projects across Asia, Africa and Europe with Chinese money in return for trade deals and easy money. Consequently China becomes the economic powerhouse of the world with sprawling connections stretching on a grand scale that matches the empire of Genkis Khan.

At this moment there are plans to link Singapore to China via Indonesia using a high speed rail line. Now unlike China, Singapore is an open free market economic nation with a prosperous and rich community of people who enjoy an affluent liberal lifestyle. Comparatively China is an authoritarian state run economy, which dictates what its people can do to become rich as long as the communist party gets a share of profits. This action is also felt in the African nations where it does business.

I should know this well and I am wary of the implications of Africa doing business with a nation that sets countries up into debt traps. In return for building the high speed rail, and this is also for many other projects, the Nigerian government had to give up part of it’s assets to China to exploit for it’s own usage. The contracts that China gives to Africa can even include giving up their sovereignty to advance their mercantile interests with a world port in their country. There have been several cases of foreign influences in Nigeria’s internal affairs and some African countries have seen their people’s villages become properties of Chinese merchants and are driving them out. This video reveals a tell tale sign about China making a neo-colonialist conquest of Africa.

It’s a shocking discovery. China’s financial assistance is actually colonialism in disguise. The colonialism of Africa by China may appear like a second conquest of the African continent by a foreign superpower, just as the nations of Europe did hundreds of years ago. But unlike China, Britain had an empire based on civil rights and justice, free market capitalism, international trade and a revolution in science and technology.

We used our colonial exploits to build Africa up with a positive and aspirational vision. The left likes to write off colonialism as nothing more than just slavery and oppression, but the truth is it was actually about bringing advancements to Africa that as if I need add, eliminated slavery practices. China is a nation with an appalling human rights record and is applying that in it’s business with Africa. There have been some nasty examples of black Africans being barred from dining in Chinese owned and run restaurants in Nigeria. How come this kind of racism isn’t been told about by anti-racists in the West?

The answer might be because Western Leftists only care about those that serve their agenda, not if they are being bullied by their own country’s majority. The nature of this selective prejudice needs to be highlighted by Brexiteers, world trade advocates and Commonwealth supporters. What we ought to be doing is challenging China politically and economically for trade deals with African nations. This time we don’t have to be like conquistadors and create colonial outposts, but create trade and development posts in these nations. I am working on one such project involving creating an artificial water source using rainwater and purifiers to give them a means to create a drinks market that they can then sell onto us in Britain and across the Commonwealth to create a new multi-national brand. I could be like a trade ambassador for the Commonwealth of Nations as well as a sport’s activist for the Commonwealth Games.

What I am fed up with about Africa is how the charity and humanitarian industry depicts Africa as a place that is riddled with poverty, run by tyrants and it’s people are portrayed with an image of living in a barren and helpless land. That is not true, it’s just that it’s not properly exploited or cultivated into a rich and prosperous land. There is this post from Facebook that sums up the potential of Africa:

Africa is 60% arable land;
Africa is 90% raw material reserve;
– Africa is 40% gold reserve; – Africa, 33% diamond reserve- Africa is manganese, iron, wood. – Africa is three times the area of China, ten times the area of Europe, four times the area of the United States of
America. – Africa is thirty and a half million km2 (30,415,875 km2); – Africa has 1.3 billion inhabitants (China has 1.4 billion inhabitants over 9.6 million km2). – Africa is cultural diversity (dance, music, architecture,
sculpture, etc.). -Africa is 30,000 medicinal recipes
AFRICA REPRESENTS THE FUTURE OF HUMANITY (By 2050, Africa alone will be able to feed 9 billion people).
You have to understand the jealousy of the neighbours. (Who controls Africa, controls the world so you have to understand why there’s a new scramble of Africa by the Chinese and the western powers… Sadly, for the last 400
years Africans have not been in control of Africa) It’s time for the liberation of Africa!

Africa doing business with China is unethical and not a good deal. The Commonwealth of Nations should be used as a means to push for economic growth and infrastructure projects with Africa. Unlike China we won’t be setting them up with debt traps, we can can use private public partnerships and show them how to run an economy with a free market instead of a command and control method. My message to the African Commonwealth Nations is this: Trade with Britain and the West to preserve your culture and we will have a better means of trade and opportunities for you and your people.

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