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Waafrika wanaanza kuwashitukia wachina

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    Mzee2000 JF-Expert Member

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    Source:Guardian UK , 7 february

    Africa will not put up with a colonialist China

    A strategy of striking deals with corrupt leaders and seizing control of African industries will ultimately backfire

    China's sacred text is not a holy book like the Torah, the Bible, or the Qur'an. Instead, it is The Art of War by Sun Tzu. Sun's core belief is that the "ultimate excellence lies not in winning every battle but in defeating the enemy without ever fighting."


    Nowadays, we are witnessing the application of Sun's ideas in Africa, where China's prime objectives are to secure energy and mineral supplies to fuel its breakneck economic expansion, open up new markets, curtail Taiwan's influence on the continent, consolidate its burgeoning global authority, and clinch for itself African-allocated export quotas. (The Chinese takeovers of South African and Nigerian textile industries are good examples of this strategy. The textiles exported the world over by these industries are deemed African exports when in reality they are now Chinese exports.)


    Astutely, China has sought to place its African investments and diplomacy within the context of the old non-aligned movement and "Bandung spirit", an era when many Africans viewed China as a brotherly oppressed nation, and thus supported efforts by the People's Republic to gain a permanent seat on the United Nations security council, to replace Taiwan. And, of course, China offered firm backing for Africa's anticolonial struggles and efforts to end apartheid.


    In trying to depict its current dealings with Africa as "win-win" co-operation, China deliberately seeks to portray Africa's current relations with the west as exploitative. Unlike China, its leaders claim, the west continues to hold African countries hostage through a combination of unequal trade deals, lack of access to capital markets, aid dependency, financial deregulation and economic liberalisation, budget austerity, crippling debt, political meddling and military intervention.


    What the Chinese are silent about is that their country's growing engagement in Africa has created both opportunities and risks for African development. Although China's trade, foreign direct investment (FDI), and aid may broaden Africa's growth options, they also promote what can only be called a win-lose situation. For, excluding oil, Africa has a negative trade balance with China.


    Making matters worse, African exports to China are even less technology-intensive than its exports to the world. China's share of Africa's unprocessed primary products was more than 80% of its total imports from Africa. Equally, imports consist of cheap Chinese products of appallingly poor quality.


    The level of Chinese FDI flowing into Africa at present is staggering. But this Chinese FDI is bundled together with concessional loans, and there is much double-counting, with the same ventures being recorded both as aid flows and as inflows of FDI. Given the heavy volume of concessionary loans provided by China, concern about African countries' future debt burden is growing. And no matter how much China publicises its record in Africa, the greatest contributor of financial inflows to the continent is the African diaspora. Indeed, South Africa, not China, is the country making the largest investments in the rest of Africa.


    China's credo of "non-interference in domestic affairs" and "separation of business and politics" is, not surprisingly, music to the ears of African leaders, who fall over each other to sing the praises of Chinese co-operation with their countries. These leaders' attitudes recall the worst behaviour of their predecessors, many of whom engaged centuries ago with the west's rising imperial powers to halt the growth of indigenous industry. Instead, these potentates of the past chose to import manufactured goods from Europe in exchange for their own subjects, whom they exported as slaves.


    When slavery was abolished, the terms of partnership with western colonisers changed from trade in slaves to trade in commodities. After independence in the early 1960s, during the cold war, they played the west against the Soviet bloc for the same purpose.


    Today, many African leaders pursue similar policies with China, which has struck bargains across Africa to secure crude oil, minerals, and metals in exchange for infrastructure built by Chinese companies. Hence, the import of Chinese labour into a continent not lacking in able-bodied workers. Indeed, within a mere decade, more Chinese have come to live in Africa than there are Europeans on the continent, even after many centuries of European colonial and neocolonial rule. With apartheid-style practices – including the gunning down of local workers by a Chinese manager in Zambia – Chinese managers impose appalling working conditions on their African employees.


    Today, China has seized control of a huge swath of local African industries, in the process grabbing their allocated export quotas. As China's global economic role increases, its labour costs will rise and its currency will appreciate, eroding its competitiveness. Might Chinese manufacturers then look to Africa as a base for production, using the facilities they have built and the hordes of workers they have been steadily exporting there?


    Chinese leaders pride themselves on a keen sense of history, and on taking a longterm view of China's development. Still, in perpetuating a partnership with the same breed of corrupt leaders that colluded with Africa's previous invaders and exploiters, the Chinese have forgotten that Africans, albeit often their own worst enemies, have nonetheless gained the upper hand over their foes in the end.


    The descendants of slave traders and slave owners in the United States now have a black man as their president; Africa's colonisers have all been defeated and kicked out; and apartheid's proponents are now governed by those they despised and abused for generations. Unless the Chinese mend their ways, the same fate awaits them in Africa. Sun Tzu would understand that.




     
  2. Abdulhalim

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    Good article indeed..kwamba at the end of the day, the Africans will conquer their motherland..we hope so, we thrive for.
     
  3. Askari Kanzu

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    Tuacheni kukurupuka! The article is full of Western propaganda trying to portray the West as a better alternative. (Written by the Guardian UK and we uncritically chorus with ululation eti Waafrika wanaanza kuwashtukia wachina) What is wrong with us?

    1....China deliberately seeks to portray Africa's current relations with the west as exploitative
    Isn't this the case - that the west is still brutally exploiting Africa?

    2...The descendants of slave traders and slave owners in the United States now have a black man as their president;
    Typical "white man's" argument that does not hold water. Can't a black man be a president over white men?

    3...Africa's colonisers have all been defeated and kicked out
    Yes but only to be replaced by their stooges who continue to perpetuate a system of neo-colonialism for the benefit of their western masters.
     
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    Thanks, man.
    it is so obvious.
     
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    They Know how China is a Threat to their well being.
    Wait westerns to feel the real drama.
     
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    thanks mkuu, huu ni uongo wa west nafanya nao kazi hapa bongo huwa nawachana live. CCN news abt africa is poverty, war, starvation but CCTV africa is portrayed as paradise. The west is confused and scared of china's influence in africa.
     
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    safi sana, tena wakati unawachana tumia wembe wa Gillett Nacet Stainless (ule wembe unaomkata mamba vipande viwili!). wazungu karibuni wote bado wana-hangover ya ukoloni!
     
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    True dat!:clap2:
    ...And now they are slowly grooming Nyalandu as the next president of URT....:twitch:
     
  9. Askari Kanzu

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    I hope this is not true. Otherwise, kazi ipo. It's like digging one's own grave!
     
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    Sijaona hapo hiyo article ni propaganda kivipi? umaskini wa mwafrika upo zaidi kwene kichwa chake..ubongo wake una mawazo yaleyale ya kudhani kwamba kuna watu ambao wapo kwa ajili ya kuwaendeleza. Hakuna! huo ndio ukweli. Hakuna mwenye kututakia mema, sio mchina, mhindi, marekani (hata wale weusi)wala mzungu..kuna article ilikujaga hapa JF kuhusu wachina na endevarours zao huku Africa, from DRC to Sudan to Angola, jinsi wanavoingia mikataba ya kilaghai..with wholesale mikataba na tawala zilizopo vitani..halafu mtu anakuja hapa na kuwatetea..no wonder with this kind of thinking, waafrika will continue to deteriorate into total poverty.
     
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    Ni nani huyo anakuja hapa na kuwatetea?
     
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    Sidhani kama atafika!
     
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    Mbona mkali sana, unajua lisemwalo lipo!!!!
     
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    Sidhani kama ni kukurupuka.

    Tatizo kubwa kwetu waafrika ni Greed.
    Viongozi wetu wa kitaifa,middle class na baadhi ya watu wa kawaida wanaweka mbele maslahi yao binafsi.
    Endapo mkataba, bila kujari udhaifu na madhara kitaifaunajibu kwa Kickback kwa kiongozi kama mtu binafsi, kwa hila zote ni lazima usainiwe.
    Watu wanasaini mikataba ya kuliingizoa taifa billions kila mwaka kwa kupewa $500,000.00 na kununuliwa nyumba London au South Afrika.
    Hii ni sawa na MALAYA wa OHIO Street kukubali kupokea Tshs 100,000.00 ili Njemba yenye ukimwi imlale bila kuvaa kondom. Viongozi wetu na watendaji wetu kadhaa serikalini ni MALAYA.
     
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    Madela, please isome hiyo article ya Guardian vizuri. Tatizo hapo ni kwamba the whole article seeks to exonerate the west as if they are clean when it comes to the exploitaion of Africa. The Guradian Uk, wanataka kukandia wachina peke yake. Kukubaliana nayo kumukichwa ni sawa na kukurupuka, kama asemavyo Askari Kanzu!!!
     
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    Ukali gani unaouongelea?
     
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    Mikataba hiyo tumesaini na wachina peke yake?
     
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    Mzee2000 JF-Expert Member

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    Jamani sawa hiyo article imeandikwa na westerners ambao wana kawivu lakini inabidi tuwe makini na hawa wachina,tutashitukia raw materials zetu zimeisha mwishowe tutabaki na mashimo.....

    Today, many African leaders pursue similar policies with China, which has struck bargains across Africa to secure crude oil, minerals, and metals in exchange for infrastructure built by Chinese companies. Hence, the import of Chinese labour into a continent not lacking in able-bodied workers. Indeed, within a mere decade, more Chinese have come to live in Africa than there are Europeans on the continent, even after many centuries of European colonial and neocolonial rule. With apartheid-style practices – including the gunning down of local workers by a Chinese manager in Zambia – Chinese managers impose appalling working conditions on their African employees.
     
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    I agree with you, Mzee2000. We Africans need to be wary of both. We can not let ourselves be lured by the West into believing that they are better than the Chinese; as the Guardian UK article would want us to. Check out this, for example: "Indeed, within a mere decade, more Chinese have come to live in Africa than there are Europeans on the continent, even after many centuries of European colonial and neocolonial rule." This is a typical patronising statement that exposes how the "white man" still views Africa as his rightful property.
     
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