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Can China extend its colonisation to Africa?

Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo with Chinese President Hu Jintao at the opening of the China-Africa summit in Beijing.

It seems that no Western power has succeeded in their colonisation in the past, and their influence in their previous colonised countries is limited now. However, Chinese people were extraordinarily successful in their colonisation in South East Asia when China was very poor and weak.

France made great efforts and spent a lot in order to turn its colonies in Africa into parts of France but failed. It had to allow them to split from France. The French colonies (the French communities there) in those countries mostly returned to France. That was the case with almost all Western powers’ abroad. They either returned to their countries of origin or like those in the US, South Africa and others remained there, but became separated from their countries of origin.

Chinese colonies in South East Asia are completely different. They and their posterity a few generations later remain Chinese. When there was a democratic revolution in China, they donated lots of funds to support it. When China was invaded by Japan, their donations were a major source of funds for Chinese government. When China turned red, lots of their youngsters turned red too and returned to China to study in Chinese colleges. I had quite a few schoolmates from Indonesia when I studied at Anhui University.

The most amazing was that when China began to open to the outside world, they vied with one another to invest in China. Their investment accounted for 70% of the foreign investment in the initial years of China’s reform and opening-up.

The investors were all successful businessmen. They certainly knew they had to make investment decisions based on business consideration instead of their patriotic enthusiasm.

One of my cousins made a fortune from nothing in Indonesia and then returned to China to do business after World War II. He told us that Chinese had the best business acumen in the world. He and lots of his friends became rich in South East Asia from nothing.

Like my cousin, those investors had business acumen. In addition, being familiar with Chinese history, they knew the historical cycles. After more than a century of poor government, good government will emerge. They made good bets and have made considerable returns. At that time, we staff in a top multinational law firm had to do lots of persuasion to urge US companies to invest in China. Our major argument was that they had to get a footing earlier than others in China due to the great potential of the vast Chinese market.

Now, many Chinese have become rich and want to find places for investment and expansion. Like the pioneers in South East Asia in the past, they are not afraid of the freezing weather in Siberia and North Korea or the heat in Southeast Asia. Many Chinese are doing successful business there. The Chinese government is supporting them. It has been making great efforts to have good relations with Russia and Central Asian countries through the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation and with Southeast Asian countries through Asean.

Africa offers especially great opportunities, as few other countries are making real efforts in that continent.

SCMP says in its report “China expands its African ties,” “Dozens of African countries are represented at a Beijing forum, reflecting China’s growing role in the continent as investor and security player”.

According to SCMP, “The Forum for China-Africa Cooperation in Beijing will see China boost its influence in the continent, with President Hu Jintao to announce new measures to strengthen co-operation in areas such as investment, finance and security, the foreign ministry said.

“Two documents on strengthening co-operation will be signed tomorrow, when the forum concludes.”

“China’s total direct investment in the continent had reached US$15.3 billion by April, up from less than US$500 million a decade ago.

“China, in return, receives resources from the continent to meet its rising energy needs. China’s imports from Africa, including oil and iron ore, reached US$93.2 billion last year, up 38.9 per cent year on year.”

“Analysts said Beijing is stepping up its political and security influence in the African continent because China’s quest for resources has drawn the country into internal conflicts, with its oil installations and workers being targeted by armed groups.”

However, China does not seem to have a prospect to succeed in colonisation in Africa. The Chinese who have done business and worked in Africa are all of the opinion that Chinese people are not welcome in Africa.

As for Chinese goods, they are notorious for their poor quality. Due to the low purchasing power there, China export cheap products with very poor quality to Africa. It is the same with Chinese construction. Chinese contractors take projects at very low prices. In order to avoid losing money, they use substandard materials and become notorious for the quality of their construction.

There are in addition conflicts of culture between Chinese and African people. Having accepted European culture, African people are law abiding and pay great attention to hygiene while Chinese people still lack sense of rule of law and good hygiene.

Therefore, in my opinion, the Chinese government may have good relations with African countries, but Western people need not worry about China’s colonisation in Africa.


About chankaiyee2

Author of the book "Tiananmen's Tremendous Achievements" about how with the help of Tiananmen Protests, talented scholars with moral integrity seized power in the Party and state and brought prosperity to China. The second edition of the book will be published within a few days to mark the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Protests All the parts in the first edition remain in the second edition with a few changes due to information available later and better understanding. There are also some changes for improvements of style. The new parts are Chapters 12-19 on events in China after the first edition was published: The fierce power struggle for succession between reformists and conservatives; Xi Jinping winning all elders’ support during his mysterious disappearance for 2 weeks in early September, 2012; and Xi Jinping Cyclone. Chan Kai Yee's new book: SPACE ERA STRATEGY: The Way China Beats The US An eye-opening book that tells the truth how the US is losing to China. The US is losing as it adopts the outdated strategy of Air-Sea Battle while China adopts the space era strategy to pursue integrated space and air capabilities: It is losing due to its diplomacy that has given rise to Russian-Chinese alliance. US outdated strategy has enabled China to catch up and surpass the US in key weapons: Hypersonic weapons (HGV) that Pentagon regards as the weapon that will dominate the world in the future. Aerospaceplane in China’s development of space-air bomber that can engage enemy anywhere in the world within an hour and destroy an entire aircraft carrier battle group within minutes. Anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons, anti-ASAT weapons, stealth aircrafts, drones, AEW&C, etc. The book gives detailed descriptions of China’s weapon development based on information mainly from Chinese sources that the author monitors closely. U.S. Must Not Be Beaten by China! China is not a democracy. Its political system cannot prevent the emergence of a despotic leader or stop such a leader when he begins to bring disasters to people. A few decades ago, Mao Zedong, the worst tyrant in world history did emerge and bring disasters to Chinese people. He wanted to fight a nuclear war to replace capitalism with communism but could not bring nuclear holocaust to world people as China was too weak and poor at that time. If a despot like Mao Zedong emerges when China has surpassed the US in military strength, world people will suffer the misery experienced by Chinese people in Mao era. China surpassing the US in GDP is not something to worry about as China has the heavy burden to satisfy its huge population, but China surpassing the US in military strength will be world people’s greatest concern if China remains an autocracy. US people are of much better quality than Chinese people. What they lack is a wise leader to adopt the correct strategy and diplomacy and the creative ways to use its resources in developing its military capabilities. I hope that with the emergence of a great leader, the US can put an end to its decline and remain number one in the world. China, US, space era strategy, air-sea battle, space-air bomber, arms race, weapon development, chan kai yee


5 thoughts on “Can China extend its colonisation to Africa?

  1. Reblogged this on OyiaBrown.


    Posted by OyiaBrown | July 22, 2012, 9:40 pm
  2. Canada, America, and Austrailia seem like they worked out pretty good. They may no longer be a part of Britain but think how much they all have contributed to at least the western world.


    Posted by sickunclesam | July 26, 2012, 4:03 pm


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