China in Tanzania does not bode well for Serengeti

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China’s new president, Xi Jinping, is on the move. His first stop, Russia, second Tanzania, then South Africa and the Congo.  Those of you who have followed the ongoing saga of the Serengeti know what this means… 

As the illicit blood ivory trade to China clearly illustrates, massive new Chinese investment does not bode well for Africa’s wildlife.China is intent on extracting as many resources from Africa as it can. And it doesn’t attach strings to protect natural areas as Western donors often do. The Serengeti, it may turn out, is simply in the way.

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There are 4 comments for this article
  1. Ms S. Simmons at 11:49 am

    Sadly, there are too few government officials who don’t succumb to bribery and corruption. I suspect that those in Tanzania are no different! The Chinese will strip all the natural resources from Tanzania, but they don’t care about the animal life becoming extinct, as long as the are a few animals in zoos. And when they mine, they’ll leave toxic substances and chemicals on the surface. Any waterways will become extremely polluted too.

    You just have to look at the state of the Chinese countryside and some of the toxic rivers, which are killing thousands of people, because they can’t filter such heavy pollutants from the rivers.

    Tanzania can expect heavy medical casualties which will cost billions of dollars to treat, and they’ll lose the majority of the wildlife, so will lose all their sources of tourism!

    Well those greedy, selfish and short-sighted politicians think it’s worth it when their own families are dying?

  2. Ms S. Simmons at 11:49 am

    Sadly, there are too few government officials who don’t succumb to bribery and corruption. I suspect that those in Tanzania are no different! The Chinese will strip all the natural resources from Tanzania, but they don’t care about the animal life becoming extinct, as long as the are a few animals in zoos. And when they mine, they’ll leave toxic substances and chemicals on the surface. Any waterways will become extremely polluted too.

    You just have to look at the state of the Chinese countryside and some of the toxic rivers, which are killing thousands of people, because they can’t filter such heavy pollutants from the rivers.

    Tanzania can expect heavy medical casualties which will cost billions of dollars to treat, and they’ll lose the majority of the wildlife, so will lose all their sources of tourism!

    Well those greedy, selfish and short-sighted politicians think it’s worth it when their own families are dying?

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