"The Beijing Conference": See How China Quietly Took Over Africa

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Back in 1885, to much fanfare, the General Act of the Berlin Conference launched the Scramble for Africa which saw the partition of the continent, formerly a loose aggregation of various tribes, into the countries that currently make up the southern continent, by the dominant superpowers (all of them European) of the day. Subsequently Africa was pillaged, plundered, and in most places, left for dead. The fact that a credit system reliant on petrodollars never managed to take hold only precipitated the "developed world" disappointment with Africa, no matter what various enlightened, humanitarian singer/writer/poet/visionaries claim otherwise. And so the continent languished. Until what we have dubbed as the "Beijing Conference" quietly took place, and to which only Goldman Sachs, which too has been quietly but very aggressively expanding in Africa, was invited. As the map below from Stratfor shows, ever since 2010, when China pledged over $100 billion to develop commercial projects in Africa, the continent has now become de facto Chinese territory. Because where the infrastructure spending has taken place, next follow strategic sovereign investments, and other modernization pathways, until gradually Africa is nothing but an annexed territory for Beijing, full to the brim with critical raw materials, resources and supplies. So while the "developed world" was and continues to deny the fact that it is broke, all the while having exactly zero money to invest in expansion, China is quietly taking over the world. Literally.


More from Stratfor:

In late July, Beijing hosted the 5th Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, during which China pledged up to $20 billion to African countries over the next three years. China has proposed or committed about $101 billion to commercial projects in Africa since 2010, some of which are under negotiation while others are currently under way. Together, construction and natural resource deals total approximately $90 billion, or about 90 percent of Chinese commercial activity in Africa since 2010. These figures could be even higher because of an additional $7.5 billion in unspecified commitments to South Africa and Zambia, likely intended for mining projects. Of the remaining $3 billion in Chinese commercial commitments to Africa, about $2.1 billion will be used on local manufacturing projects. While China has proposed $750 million for agriculture and general development aid and about $50 million to support small- and medium-sized business development in addition to the aforementioned projects, it has been criticized for the extractive nature of its relationship with many African countries, as well as the poor quality of some of its construction work. However, since many African countries lack the indigenous engineering capability to construct these large-scale projects or the capital to undertake them, African governments with limited resources welcome Chinese investments enthusiastically. These foreign investment projects are also a boon for Beijing, since China needs African resources to sustain its domestic economy, and the projects in Africa provide a destination for excess Chinese labor.

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Wed, 08/08/2012 - 09:55 | 2687349 daccord
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we all live in a yellow submarine 

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 10:03 | 2687369 Comay Mierda
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wow look at all those countries the USA/NATO will invade

Obomber is polishing his peace prize as we speak. looks of ppl to liberate with his humanitarian bombs

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 10:07 | 2687394 MillionDollarBonus_
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The 2005 "live 8 concert" went a long way to improve living standards in Africa by focusing on relieving African governments of millions of dollars of debt. This is the progressive approach to helping Africa - making sure that governments are sufficiently funded to centrally plan a compassionate and forward thinking economy. The progressive revolution rejects that notion that thousands of people per week are being lifted out of poverty in China and India because of "free market reforms". We have done our own analysis, and we are convinced that central planning and regulations are what reduces poverty in the long run.

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 10:09 | 2687401 BeetleBailey
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who is this "we"? You and your dog...assuming that you have dog that likes you.....

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 10:25 | 2687474 MillionDollarBonus_
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I mean “we” as in forward-thinking progressives. You really think progressives would reject the free market without doing any research? You think we just attack the free market for personal reasons??? NO! ... progressives always do their research. We care deeply about the poor, so naturally we have studied libertarian claims about the free market and poverty reduction in detail. We have objectively and conclusively determined that the free market in fact does NOT lift thousands per week out of poverty in China and India. This is simply a libertarian lie. To make these claims without solid research would be irresponsible, so  of course we research our hypotheses before making claims about how to help the poor. 

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 10:27 | 2687480 Short Memories
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They need a smiley for "Crying with laughter"

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 10:34 | 2687514 old naughty
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The map resmebles a GO game chessboard


of which many Chinese leaders are experts.

So they are expanding the game-playing to the southern continent, much like the petro chessboard game the US-UK played "so well".

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 11:20 | 2687716 Precious
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"we are convinced that central planning and regulations are what reduces poverty in the long run"

I think that was Trotsky or Lenin's famous line.  MDB.  The bell just rang.  Time to go to pottery class.

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 10:28 | 2687486 azzhatter
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Thanks for the laughs this morning MDB. A little too obvious but an A for effort

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 12:36 | 2688003 Precious
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MDB - like most good libs, you just cannot get over how important you are ...

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 11:13 | 2687693 TruthBeforeAll
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The one thing that central planners absolutely require is a mass of ignorant and desperate people. In the U.S. this is being created by the central planners themselves, in Africa, it's a preexisting condition.

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 12:10 | 2687918 AnAnonymous
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The one thing that central planners absolutely require is a mass of ignorant and desperate people. In the U.S. this is being created by the central planners themselves, in Africa, it's a preexisting condition.

If that was true, central planning would have taken root in Sub Saharan Africa way before 'Americans' set foot there.

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 12:56 | 2688065 LFMayor
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you mean "Chinese", don't you, you servile little spawn of opium huffers.  And please tell your masters that logistics 1/2 way around the world are a real sumbitch.   Better get that banana boat navy of yours up to snuff if you expect to keep your gains.  And make friends with India, they're right in the middle of your supply lines and could be a serious PITA if they're not onboard.

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 11:17 | 2687713 Carl Spackler
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I have never met or seen a "forward-thinking progressive."

In fact, I am not sure such exist except perhaps in cartoons. 

Why...because realism and idealism are polar opposite philosophies.

<GONG>  Thanks for playing, MDB, we have some nice parting gifts for you.


Wed, 08/08/2012 - 11:47 | 2687850 AnAnonymous
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We have objectively and conclusively determined that the free market in fact does NOT lift thousands per week out of poverty in China and India. This is simply a libertarian lie.


Libertarians telling that there is free market in China and India? Where can one read that?

The development in those countries is ensured by an increasingly powerful State apparatus.

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 11:56 | 2687874 TheFourthStooge-ing
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The development in those countries is ensured by an increasingly powerful State apparatus.

Evidently the state apparatus in China has blobbed up into Africa.

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 12:11 | 2687925 AnAnonymous
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Africa is 'American' turf.

Please join reality now and then.

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 12:57 | 2688067 LFMayor
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LOL, we already have enough section 8, what the hell do we want with more?

You try it for a while, see how you like that shit.


Wed, 08/08/2012 - 13:03 | 2688090 TheFourthStooge-ing
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ROR! Made me laugh.

Please join reality now and then.

Best example yet of wok calling cooking marmite black.

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 12:15 | 2687928 jayman21
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MDB - Are you Jon Stewart or someone else on Comedy Central trying out new jokes?  The quality of the sarcasm is off the charts and it seems non-stop.

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 12:38 | 2688008 meghaljani
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I admire you as the best satirist on the Zero Hedge. 

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 14:51 | 2688490 cranky-old-geezer
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50 million Americans on food stamps, all time record, growing each month.

Yep, your "central planning & regulations" really doing the trick here in America.

"Progressives" never produce any facts to back up their claims, because there are no facts to back up their claims. 

Facts show the opposite,  central planning always fails.

Central planning isn't about helping people.  It's about controlling people ...and looting people.

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 10:52 | 2687618 Landrew
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Reading and not knowing SARCASM or BELIEF is the height of good writing! I really enjoy the thoughts of MDB! I rarely agree with anything said, however it's exactly what the 1% think of us on both sides of the same Conservative/Liberal yacht. 


Wed, 08/08/2012 - 10:13 | 2687413 Inibo E. Exibo
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You are the wind beneath my wings.

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 10:19 | 2687437 francis_sawyer
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So let me get this straight...

China is spending billions on resources & infrastructure while Bill Gates & Warren Buffett are killing off the population via Eugenics... Am I missing anything?

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 10:19 | 2687433 malikai
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Wed, 08/08/2012 - 10:21 | 2687443 Short Memories
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Perhaps "Went a long way to making Geldof look like a philanthopist!"

I always take the time to read MDB's posts! Love 'im! :D

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 10:59 | 2687648 Alpacanio
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Your right MDB. Let the Chinese handle Africa. I'm sure they will get burnt like the others...

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 12:58 | 2688074 LFMayor
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Wed, 08/08/2012 - 10:42 | 2687560 YuropeanImbecille
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I do not see a problem here? We have become such PC pussies we do not even try to take what belongs to us!


So if the chinese want it, why not let them have it? We can not leave the resources there and think nobody else would not be interested.

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 11:30 | 2687771 Oldrepublic
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Nick Turse of Tom Dispatch recently had a very good article on the US Africa Command


Wed, 08/08/2012 - 21:51 | 2689704 Caged Monkey
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and the irony of the financier of their invasion: http://dailypolicyjournal.com/2011/11/18/china-financing-the-development...

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 11:43 | 2687832 Dingleberry
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Africa is just a big Detroit with minerals.  If they think they are going to get rich by investing there.....good luck to them.  The West has been there. Done that.  China will spend more than they make.  You'll see.  That is why Africa is, and always will be, a backwater cesspool.

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 11:57 | 2687883 dirtbagger
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Yes, Africa is rich in natural resources, but it has been an investment graveyard for over a century.  If you want to exploit African resources, better bring an army with you.   The low hanging fruit has been gone for a long time.  

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 12:14 | 2687930 AnAnonymous
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If they think they are going to get rich by investing there.....good luck to them. The West has been there. Done that. China will spend more than they make.


Ah, yes, and the US citizens residing in the US also grow poorer by thieving the land from the Indians.

US citizens have been there, done that, and finally are poorer than they were at the start.

The indo european's burden: an extortion scheme is no longer run for the benefit of the extorter, it is run for the benefit of the extorted.

The great leap in humanity knowledge as offered by 'Americanism', the best thing to ever happen to mankind...

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 12:30 | 2687984 prains
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And you propose chinkism will do better? quoi

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 12:52 | 2688056 AnAnonymous
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Chinese ways are inept at performing efficiently certain things like ethnical cleansing, mindless consumption and the rest of 'American' forte.

The Chinese are not going to deploy any chinese traditional way in Africa as they now know of much better way: 'Americanism'

Africa is already 'American' turf and the chinese, proponents of 'Americanism' going in Africa are going to find a more welcoming environment to express and grow their 'Americanism'.

Africa might play a similar role as America played for Europe.

The most virulent chinese 'Americans' might grow and develop in Africa first, sending back the miracles of 'Americanism' later to China, as the 'Americans' did with Europe.

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 13:02 | 2688086 LFMayor
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By chinese, you mean Hans, yes?  What about all those other provinces?  There used to be provinces with tall people.  Some were more brown than yellow tinted.  Some in the west are muslim.  And some used to be called Tibet.

No, not in the "chinese" makeup at all to ethnically cleanse. 

You're very inefficient, especially for a paid shill. Don't let your masters see that, or we'll have to start training yet another one here.

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 13:55 | 2688248 earleflorida
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china will help the continent... having learned from western atrocities and despot exploitation:


etc., etc.,...

Tue, 09/04/2012 - 14:06 | 2761177 matrix2012
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For your reference so you may have better understanding of the modern China today :D

Family Portraits of all 56 ethnic groups in China


This is a “Family Portrait” of China’s 56 ethnic groups. Chen Haiwen, a photographer, recently lead a team of 14 photographers to create a book entitled, “Harmonious China: A Sketch of China’s 56 Ethnicities.” The team spent one year travelling all over China to complete the project. They ended up taking over 5.7 million photographs.


CHINA: Portrait of a People

by Tom Carter



China is in fact made up of 33 distinct regions populated by 56 ethnic groups – and American photojournalist Tom Carter has visited them all. This little book is a visual tribute to the People's Republic of China, with an ardent emphasis on the People.


SEE the Q & A between Carter and the publisher.







Wed, 08/08/2012 - 13:30 | 2688213 post turtle saver
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Oh look, someone is feeling Chinese and inappropriately superior. You ever heard of the term "battleship mouth, rowboat ass"? That's China in a nutshell. You groveling vassals should be grateful that we invested in Africa so that the dollars we give you have a home to grow and improve your drab existence.

Put the keyboard down and get back to work before I send the Foxconn floggers after you. Those iProducts don't just make themselves, comrade.

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 09:55 | 2687351 Fish Gone Bad
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Africa is a scary place full of nasty diseases and parasites.  In the 1800's, Africa killed something like 98% of the white people (Europeans) who went there.

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 10:02 | 2687377 spartan117
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And why did they kill 98% of the white people there?

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 10:05 | 2687380 cossack55
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Because they were mostly Banksters and deserved it?

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 10:23 | 2687462 Short Memories
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2% were tourists! :)

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 12:15 | 2687938 AnAnonymous
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Africa is a place, a geographical place. It is not people.

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 13:04 | 2688097 LFMayor
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Just like Tibet!

and Vietnam.  Well, almost, but then they handed your asses to you and that sort of fell apart.  Tough little sonsofbitches, aren't they?  Don't feel bad about it, we found out the same after the French and Japanese did as well.

Tue, 09/04/2012 - 14:33 | 2761297 matrix2012
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Mayor, since you're so fond of Tibet, it's advisable that you read following info:



by N. RAM, a journalist from India's National Magazine from the publishers of THE HINDU




Many have heard the rally cry "Free Tibet!", but few are aware of the past events that have shaped the Tibetan struggle against China's dominance. Exploring this little-known territory in a documentary currently in production, CIA in Tibet traces the hidden history of a secret CIA operation to back Tibet's fight for survival, one that lasted 16 years, to the rebellion that continues today. From CIA-supplied weapons, funding and training in guerrilla warfare to a conflicted Tibetan government and people under siege, the inner-workings behind the elusive mystery of both Tibet and the CIA uncover complex characters grappling with a history-changing geopolitical power struggle. The Dalai Lama, a central figure throughout, has been an icon of peace that has kept the Tibetan cause alive, but Tibet remains a political underdog facing overwhelming odds. How has CIA involvement in a Tibetan Buddhist world, a paradox in many ways, altered the course of Tibet's fate? 

Produced by the daughter of a former CIA officer on the Tibetan Task Force, unique access to first-hand accounts combine with rare and recently declassified archival media, recent events in the US and India, and diverse perspectives from noted scholars and leading activists. Following Tibet's unrelenting struggle against what has become the second-most powerful country on earth, the film raises challenging questions on the justification for violence, the cost of freedom, and the evolving roles the US, Tibet and China play in our world.


Former CIA Officers:


Clay Cathey

Case Officer for the Tibetan Task Force, 1958-1962. Operated out of Washington DC, and Calcutta, India.

John Greaney

Deputy Chief of the Tibetan Task Force, 1957-1961, in charge of communications at CIA headquarters.

Ken Knaus

Training Instructor at Camp Peary, VA and Camp Hale, CO, 1958-1961. Chief of the Tibetan Task Force, 1961-1965. Author of Orphans of the Cold War. 

Ray Starke

Training Instructor in radio communications at Camp Peary, VA and Camp Hale, CO, 1958-1960.

Bruce Walker

Case Officer and Training Instructor in Camp Hale, Colorado, and India, 1960-1968. The only CIA officer that spoke Tibetan.

MORE info: http://www.ciaintibet.com/about_project.php

Also here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmw5FIjDDBY



Wed, 08/08/2012 - 10:31 | 2687495 Dr. Engali
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There seems to be some sort of activity going on around that time, I just can't put my finger on it......oh yeah! the slave trade! You would think the people of Africa would welcome their overlords with open arms.

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 09:55 | 2687353 mrktwtch2
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wasnt japan doing this in the late 1980's..how did that turn out..lol they bought the rockfellar center for 420 million in 1989 and dumped it 7 yrs later for 280 million..lol

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