Sunday, September 26, 2010

African Colonialism 2.0 - China in Senegal

Most people think of European exploitation when they see the words "African colonialism."

However, decades after independence for the former African colonies, China is moving into the economically-starved nations, buying up land, and shipping off the profits back to the motherland - with barely a cent going to the natives.

For example, take this documentary, "The Colony" about the Chinese migrants to Senegal, and the social and economic tensions caused as a result.

Chinese growth reliant on destroying local competition + destroyed local industry + Senegalese getting no piece of the Chinese economic growth = resentment and potential future ethnic violence.

And I'm sure anti-Chinese fervor in Africa will only increase in the coming years.

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