Anton Musgrave More South African countries

This is also applicable to other Southern African countries such as Angola, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe etc - all benefited hugely from Chinese investment (in 2007 60% of all new construction projects in Mozambique went to Chinese contractors using Chinese labour) but all suffered the same fate - work done by Chinese workers, cultural loss, loss of control/ownership of key resources, etc.
Posted: 6 April 2008 at 00:00

Doug Vining Beware an angry China

Nationalism is more often aroused by setbacks than success, so the Tibet problems and the possible threats to a triumphal Olympics are stirring it in China.

On the horizon is the possibility that these will combine with high inflation, stagnating exports and trade tensions with the United States to create a perfect nationalistic storm.
Posted: 10 April 2008 at 07:25

Steve Sidley Chinese in Africa

Chinese entrepeneurs drive the Malaysian economy - they are disliked by the Malaysian population and have sufffered politcally expedient violence in the past.

Or one can also look to the Indians in Amin-era Uganda. They underpinned much of the economy, and got the boot. Or Kenya, from where I have just returned. Indians seem to own every important business.

I think the scenario painted is likely to be accurate, inasfar as Chinese involvement in our economy is concerned.

Whether SA is grateful or spiteful is a dangerous question, which leads quickly to ground on which most people would fear to tread, in our racially-charged society.
Posted: 11 April 2008 at 13:17

Wolfgang Grulke Daily Mail...The REAL Masters o/t Universe

Today's comment..."We are witnessing a new global order...that scorns liberal values" - By Anthony Brown - read more here -
Posted: 12 April 2008 at 20:44

Wolfgang Grulke This weekend has been busy one...

...with many UK papers commenting on China and the world attitude to their hosting the Olympic games, none of it very positive!

The Observer: Edward Cody in Sahnghai - "In July 2001 China said: 'if we win the Olympics, we will make progress on the promotion of human rights', but now human rights activists face brutal persecution."

Catherine Bennett - "At least the torch tour is shedding a light on Olympic hypocrisy. This is a traditional blend of hokum and shameless national propaganda"
Posted: 14 April 2008 at 18:31

Doug Vining China's fast future

I've been doing some research into China's progress and economic structure lately, and it's really surprising how China has transformed itself in under a decade.

From a country with about 800 million 'peasant' farmers, China now has less than 300 million farmers and farm workers who together produce three times as much agricultural output as the United States.

China is already more than 50% urbanised and this migration to the cities continues, despite several 'ghost cities' like Ordos standing empty and unused. But China's biggest cities are still smaller in population than Delhi and Mumbai, even though it has 160 cities with more than one million people.

China's ambitions in Africa are already legendary. On a visit to Angola last year, I saw the roads being built by Chinese engineers, and was told that there are now over 400,000 Chinese living in Angola - presumably permanently. Obviously China wants Angolan oil, and land is being bought and farmed in Zambia and elsewhere. This article from the Daily Maverick suggests that that is the ultimate ambition - to find more lebensraum, with opportunities for the future. Presumably Chinese expats are freed from the one-child policy, and encouraged to multiply and prosper?
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