In the UK's Daily Mail, reporter Peter Hitchens risked his life to lay out a little discussed aspect of China's increased involvement with Africa. Hitchens asserts that in China's quickening quest to reap the bounty of natural minerals to be had in Africa, some Chinese businessmen treat local African laborers in conditions like one might have found in 18th century mining towns at best and at worst on a slave plantation. Workers endure these conditions for about $3 in wages a day.
I can give you no better explanation in miniature of the wicked thing that I believe is now happening in Africa.Out of desperation, much of the continent is selling itself into a new era of corruption and virtual slavery as China seeks to buy up all the metals, minerals and oil she can lay her hands on: copper for electric and telephone cables, cobalt for mobile phones and jet engines - the basic raw materials of modern life.
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