The Chinese communist regime has been engaged for several years in a fierce dispute with the major Western powers over its ambition to become the world’s foremost economic and military leader.
To achieve its objectives, the regime must establish networks of power and alliances to ensure free access to natural resources, raw materials, and food without depending on the major European countries, mainly the United States.
In this sense, for some years, it has implemented many efforts to penetrate deeply into African countries, which despite being mostly very poor and with minimal development in military matters, many are major suppliers of raw materials, and others are strategically positioned with access to the sea, facilitating geostrategic connections with mainland China.
The Chinese communist regime has entered Africa both as a trading partner and ideologically. In the past, it has functioned as a leading advisor to prominent communist dictators in certain countries. It has now developed a “school of politics” through which it seeks to train local rulers based on the values of communism.
Belt and Road Initiative
In 2013, CCP leader Xi Jinping announced the launch of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) as a project that would bring prosperity to all nations through billion-dollar investments in infrastructure, construction of railways, ports, cities, power plants, dams, roads, etc.
The initiative hoped to increase trade between China and Europe, passing through Africa, while promising to benefit all countries along the route by attracting new investors with population growth and infrastructure to be developed at various strategic points.
Taking advantage of this argument, the Chinese regime has aggressively expanded in Africa over the last decade. Still, the promises of infrastructure funding were limited exclusively to its commercial interests. It has mainly sought to acquire raw materials and crude oil and even entered the security and military fields, which has often provoked significant local resistance.
Since the first announcement of the BRI, at least 40 African countries have pinned their hopes for development on China. However, after several years of interaction, the results have not been as expected, and, consequently, complaints and protests from the civilian population characterize this relationship.
Chinese companies are already responsible for almost 40% of Africa’s infrastructure projects. But the funds injected by China into African countries are far from being a gift, but instead are loans, often at extremely high-interest rates.
The debts acquired through onerous contracts often signed with corrupt governments are difficult to pay off. In the absence of payment by the debtor countries, the Chinese regime is empowered to freely access their raw materials, make internal political decisions, participate in military projects, and other issues that infringe on the national sovereignty of African countries.
The Chinese regime in post-pandemic Africa
The pandemic caused by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) virus has substantially reduced the Chinese regime’s sources of credit and its willingness to invest in African countries.
Financial institutions were hit hard, and the current account surplus is shrinking, which seems to have reduced the regime’s appetite for large foreign investments that are not strictly necessary.
Meanwhile, the pandemic has also affected African countries and consequently reduced the ability of most of them to pay their debts, making the situation even more conflictive.
According to a report by the international law firm Baker McKenzie in Africa, the African Development Bank data shows that the continent faces an annual infrastructure investment deficit of around 100 billion dollars.
The report mentions that BRI projects in Africa have encountered obstacles of all kinds during the pandemic, leading to the suspension of major projects such as Nigeria’s $3 billion railway and Cameroon’s $450 million roads. Also, in Kenya, Uganda, and other countries, major projects already underway or about to start were affected.
However, none of this means the Chinese regime is giving up its meddling in Africa. Far from it, its involvement has increased in other, no less sensitive areas.
China opens communist school for politicians in Africa
As reported recently by the South China Morning Post (SCMP), the Chinese communist regime reported opening a school promoting CCP precepts near Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The study center will teach communist “leadership” skills to African politicians.
The Mwalimu Julius Nyerere Leadership School has opened thanks to the sponsorship of the CCP, which provided sufficient funds through the International Liaison Department. This CCP agency is charged with promoting Chinese/Communist policy abroad.
“Future leaders from ruling political parties in Tanzania, South Africa, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Angola have attended their first session at a training school funded with US$40 million support from China’s Communist Party,” the newspaper reported on June 21.
The school was also supported financially by the Revolutionary Party of Tanzania, the African National Congress of South Africa, the Liberation Front Party of Mozambique, the People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola, the SWAPO Party of Namibia, and the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front, according to state media of the communist regime some months ago.
The CCP’s interest in penetrating Africa’s political world is evident. During the last few years, according to official records, the communist regime established relations with 110 African political parties in 51 countries out of a total of 54.
After going through catastrophic communist experiences during the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s, many African countries mainly abandoned socialist doctrines to turn to the capitalist world.
The Chinese regime, through the BRI, once again generated influence in several of these impoverished nations, and now, with the construction of this school, it is demonstrated that its interest in Africa is not only commercial but also prevails in its ideological intentions through which it seeks to generate communist satellites strategically distributed throughout the world.