There are an estimated 750,000 Chinese settlers in Africa, and one Chinese expert has suggested that China will need to send 300 million people to Africa (UK’s Sunday Times, China’s New Frontier).  Very few of the 750,000 Chinese already in Africa speak English or any African language.

In June, and again in November, 2007, I wrote about how China and Islam are ‘eating up’ Africa.  I pointed out that Africa is a cornucopia of natural resources; chock full of strategic metals and minerals.  The continent can no longer feed its own population, but China will soon put that right.  We former African settlers know that Africa has the means by which to feed itself and even export food… It need not be a “basket-case” continent.

I forecast that, untrammelled by western liberals, Chinese settlers will simply do what white settlers used to do – restore Africa as a thriving source of natural resources.  Trouble is that the Chinese will be much tougher on the indigenous population than 20th century European settlers ever were.  They will work with whatever unpleasant African regime happens to be in power at the time – see Darfur and Sudan below – so long as that regime allows China to exploit the country’s resources.  Many Chinese projects already employ only Chinese, so ordinary Africans don’t benefit.

It’s worth the West taking note of what’s happening in Africa.  Perhaps that’s why President Bush visited Africa last week and made so many statements on the benighted continent; he even had something to say about Zimbabwe.  Meanwhile Steven Spielberg has withdrawn from his role as an artistic adviser to China for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing (BBC).  Spielberg has done that as a protest against China failing to intervene over genocide in the Darfur Region of Sudan.  But Sudan is a major supplier of oil to China, and the horror of Darfur is part of the creeping conquest of Africa by Islam.  I doubt if Spielberg’s protest will influence China, Islam, or the (Islamic) Sudanese government.

China is encouraging its citizens to settle in Africa for two reasons: The first is that China needs Chinese enterprise and labour to extract Africa’s resources; the second is to ease overpopulation and pollution in China itself.  “We have 600 rivers in China, 400 of which have been killed by pollution…” a Chinese scientist who wishes to remain anonymous said.  “We will have to send 300 million people to Africa before we can begin to see the end of our problems.” (Sunday Times report by Jon Swain).

The United States of America have never been colonialists, but are hated by much of the world for their power and success.  Is the old British Empire being replaced by a new, much harsher Chinese Empire, and what will that mean to the USA?


Author, Peter Davies was a soldier in Rhodesia from 1963 to 1975, where he took part in the capture and interrogation of terrorists.  His novel, Scatterlings of Africa, is based on his own experience during Rhodesia’s war on terror, and personal observations of how terrorist activities impacted Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and its people.

Readers who would like to make a contribution to help innocent pensioners, who are unable to buy food and other basic necessities in Zimbabwe, should please contact Patricia Williams by email

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