“China we have a problem.”
A senior Chinese official has acknowledged accusations of authorities discriminating against black people in the city of Guangzhou as “reasonable concerns.” Amid an increased focus on people with Coronavirus arriving in mainland China from abroad, health authorities in Guangzhou have been accused of racially targeting Africans, including forced evictions, repeated testing for Covid-19 without providing the result, and refusing service or business.
Pre-Covid-19 a fresh crop of China’s most promising tech companies were looking to set up shop in Africa during a time of a deteriorating trade relationship between China and the United States. China also made a shift from public to private investments in Africa. Opera owned by a Chinese consortium under the name Golden Brick Capital Private Equity Fund worth $600 million, Huawei, an independent, privately-held company that provides information and communication technology Technologies, Transmission Corporation owned by State Grid Corp. and Star Times a pay-for-view programming network, all Chinese owned, emerged victorious in the private investment world. Strategic and intentional, China is slowing moving shop to Africa, a country with plenty of raw natural resources and more than anything else, land.
China has the largest population in the world, with a shocking 1.3 billion people and growing by the minute.
The overpopulation was such a problem that in 1980 it implemented the one-child policy.
China’s environmental problems, including outdoor and indoor air pollution, water shortages and pollution, desertification, and soil pollution, have become more pronounced and are subjecting Chinese residents to significant health risks. Only about 10 to 15 percent of the land in China is good for agriculture (compared to 1 percent in Saudi Arabia, 50 percent in India, 20 percent in the United States, and 32 percent in France. Africa is relatively close in proximity, has plenty of resources and is bursting with potential because of it’s poor economics.
And now Africa, the world’s poorest continent, is in need of debt relief in the wake of Covid-19. Africa is set to tip into its first recession in 25 years due to the Covid-19 outbreak. The Sub-Saharan Africa region will see economic growth reverse and plunge to between -2.1% to as low as -5.1% this year due to the Covid-19 global crisis. The economic shrinkage will cost Sub-Saharan Africa between $37 billion to $79 billion in lost output this year due to a sharp decline in output growth with key trading partners including China and Europe, as well as a steep fall in commodity prices, led by oil. No matter the problem and issues the African countries might have, what seems suspicious is how China is ready, willing and able to help and continue to bond a relationship by providing much needed health resources.
For 10-15 years a lot of foreigners coming from Africa and the Middle East have found themselves in very complex situations in that sometimes they are forced to overstay their visas to remain in China. From the Chinese perspective, to deal with individuals that cannot be easily tracked poses a higher risk and makes it difficult to be scrutinized, heightening the fear and paranoia. Lets see how this is resolved. China needs land. Africa needs money. The 21st century belongs to China—but the 22nd will be Africa’s.