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WASHINGTON, DC — China is employing “neo-colonialism” tactics in Africa in the form of predatory loans collateralized with natural resources and strategic assets, experts cautioned lawmakers on Wednesday.
In written testimony prepared for a House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa hearing on Wednesday, author Gordon Chang, an expert on China, declared:
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I conclude that [President] Xi Jinping, the Chinese ruler, believes his country should be the world’s only sovereign state, which is the essence of colonialism, and that today his country’s relations with Africa resemble a new form of colonialism. Moreover, I believe Xi’s ambitions for Africa, however one characterizes them, threaten America.
Africa gives China the ability to threaten the U.S. homeland. Beijing wants a [second overseas] military base at [Namibia’s] Walvis Bay … [in] the Atlantic off the African coast. In the Azores, specifically the island of Terceira, Chinese aircraft could control the mouth of the Mediterranean and would be closer to New York than Pearl Harbor is to Los Angeles. … A belligerent China in Asia is bad enough. A dangerous China much closer to our shores is far worse.
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Already, China reportedly provides Africa with more financing than any other country in the world, noted Joshua Meservey, an Africa expert at the Heritage Foundation think tank, in his written remarks prepared for the House panel.
He estimated the total amount of loans to African governments and state-owned companies stood at about $85 billion between 2000 and 2014, acknowledging Chinese lending to the continent is mostly obscure.
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Last August, China established its first overseas naval base in the African country of Djibouti, home to America’s largest permanent military installation in the continent—Camp Lemonnier.
Chang believes China is seeking to soon erect a second naval base, in Walvis Bay in Namibia.
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