History Repeating in Africa?

by Juliette Akinyi Ochieng | August 7th, 2018

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History Repeating in Africa?

by baldilocks

China in Africa.

Chi­nese cor­po­ra­tions are all over Africa. In June 2017 a McK­in­sey & Com­pany report esti­mated that there are more than 10,000 Chinese-​owned firms oper­at­ing in Africa.

What are Chi­nese cor­po­ra­tions doing in Africa? That’s a highly con­tro­ver­sial issue.

The rea­son Chi­nese cor­po­ra­tions are in Africa is sim­ple; to exploit the peo­ple and take their resources. It’s the same thing Euro­pean colonists did dur­ing mer­can­tile times, except worse. The Chi­nese cor­po­ra­tions are try­ing to turn Africa into another Chi­nese con­ti­nent. They are squeez­ing Africa for every­thing it is worth.

This is the view sev­eral African politi­cians have. The Zam­bian politi­cian Michael Sata was one of them. At least he was before being elected Pres­i­dent of Zam­bia in 2011. He wrote a paper pre­sented to Har­vard Uni­ver­sity in 2007 that said “Euro­pean colo­nial exploita­tion in com­par­i­son to Chi­nese exploita­tion appears benign, because even though the com­mer­cial exploita­tion was just as bad, the colo­nial agents also invested in social and eco­nomic infra­struc­ture ser­vices Chi­nese invest­ment, on the other hand, is focused on tak­ing out of Africa as much as can be taken out, with­out any regard to the wel­fare of the local peo­ple.” (quoted in Scott D. Taylor’s “The Nature of Chi­nese Cap­i­tal in Africa, Cur­rent His­tory, May 2018, p. 197)

This is some­thing on which I need to do a great deal more research.

I plan on ask­ing my bio father — Philip Ochieng — about this. He edited the rather well-​known book How Europe Under­de­vel­oped Africa by Wal­ter Rod­ney. He and I think dif­fer­ently about a great many things, so that should be an inter­est­ing con­ver­sa­tion or three.

Con­sider this post a place-​holder and, pos­si­bly, a Part One.

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng has been blog­ging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here. She pub­lished her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

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by baldilocks

China in Africa.

Chinese corporations are all over Africa.  In June 2017 a McKinsey & Company report estimated that there are more than 10,000 Chinese-owned firms operating in Africa.

What are Chinese corporations doing in Africa? That’s a highly controversial issue.

The reason Chinese corporations are in Africa is simple; to exploit the people and take their resources. It’s the same thing European colonists did during mercantile times, except worse. The Chinese corporations are trying to turn Africa into another Chinese continent. They are squeezing Africa for everything it is worth.

This is the view several African politicians have. The Zambian politician Michael Sata was one of them. At least he was before being elected President of Zambia in 2011. He wrote a paper presented to Harvard University in 2007 that said “European colonial exploitation in comparison to Chinese exploitation appears benign, because even though the commercial exploitation was just as bad, the colonial agents also invested in social and economic infrastructure services Chinese investment, on the other hand, is focused on taking out of Africa as much as can be taken out, without any regard to the welfare of the local people.” (quoted in Scott D. Taylor’s “The Nature of Chinese Capital in Africa, Current History, May 2018, p. 197)

This is something on which I need to do a great deal more research.

I plan on asking my bio father — Philip Ochieng — about this. He edited the rather well-known book How Europe Underdeveloped Africa by Walter Rodney. He and I think differently about a great many things, so that should be an interesting conversation or three.

Consider this post a place-holder and, possibly, a Part One.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng has been blogging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here.  She published her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

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