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China wins another round in the Pacific

China, is silently taking over strategic areas of the world.


China is becoming very dominant in many countries throughout the world. China has invested billions in the Pacific Islands around Australia, while China lends money to the small islands Australia gives these islander’s funds, for education social programs. China lends money for government buildings and highways. As loans, they will have absolute power of these poor islanders and a foot hold in some of the most important areas of the world. 

But for China and Australia, these tiny islands have become the center of an emerging power struggle.

Foreign involvement is nothing new for these islands, which collectively control an area of ocean bigger than Russia. Colonial governments ruled some of the 14 Pacific Island nations over different periods of time. They all now govern themselves but, due to poor economic growth, this is one of the world's most aid-dependent regions.

Australia has been the biggest donor of that aid. In many ways, that makes sense -- Australia is the richest nation in Oceania and nearly 206,700 people claimed Pacific Island ancestry in its 2016 census. As the country's Prime Minister Scott Morrison puts it: "This is our patch."

But in recent years, China has emerged as a major player in the region, too. The Pacific Islands are home to fewer than 10 million people -- slightly less than the population of Sweden -- are thousands of miles from Beijing, so why is China sticking their nose into this region. Because they are trying to control the world by putting themselves into certain important areas. They are a threat to Australia and the free world.

Prime Minister Morrison has made the Pacific Islands more of a priority than his predecessors since he came to power last year. As he announced a 2 billion Australian dollar ($1.5 billion) infrastructure fund for the region in November, he said: "Australia cannot take its influence in the Southwest Pacific for granted.

In Papua New Guinea, China completed a $85 million road upgrade in 2017. Australia has so far spent $219 million on an initiative to deliver essential drugs such as vaccines, and increase health education, especially around the spread of HIV.

What's more important useless buildings and loans the islanders cant pay back or medicines, education etc.. China gives out loans for debt and Australia just gives the money without any repayment. Who is the good guy here? Its about political leverage.

Many of the South Pacific islands are rich with resources such as timber, minerals and fish. Since 2011, Beijing has invested more in Papua New Guinea (PNG) -- which is home to gold, nickel mines, liquified natural gas and timber forests -- than any other Pacific Island. What is China up to? They are after complete control of areas which is military important for their spreading and dominance and for dollars. Their presence is bad for the United States who has been there since WWII giving aid and where we have military posts. And would compromise Australia’s security.

Many islanders feel that China’s money is a good thing, but China anywhere is never a good thing. I hope Australia and the United States stops China’s interference. China is conniving and sneaky and do thig s only for China, I hope these islander’s figure it out before it is too late.

China is cunning and calculating, their objective is to take over as much of the world as they can without firing a shot.  They have positioned themselves in these areas slowly over time as not to stir notice from the rest of the world.

China has Chinese TV in Africa now, In the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya, people are watching a Chinese Kung Fu movie.  Why Chinese? Good question… The Limuru village doesn't have running water and peoples homes are walls made from corrugated metal. Outside, chickens and goats roam the yards, but they have a large Chinese-built satellite dish that connects old television set’s to hundreds of channels — many of which are being beamed from Beijing.

China wants these villagers to be connected to Chinese propaganda, In 2015, Xi, the president of China, announced the 10,000 Villages Project, a lofty plan to take digital television to impoverished parts of Africa. It was not out of kindness that China did this but it was a stroke of soft-power mastermind that would raise China's profile among Africans, while giving Beijing a tighter grip on the continent's communications infrastructure and control over how it is depicted there in the media.

And it would boost the fortunes and power of one important Chinese company that otherwise keeps a low profile. Does the word sneaky come to mind? StarTimes has been the Chinese government's primary contractor to carry out the 10,000 Villages Project, paving the way for the Beijing-based firm but not any of its American or European media competitors — China is to dominate the African market of 1.2 billion people.  It’s called brainwashing, and a step for world dominance. Again, without firing a shot.

Chinese TV shows into the homes of 10 million subscribers in 30 African countries, pushes China's state-owned propaganda news network into households over Western news networks, and controls television networks to such an extent in Zambia and Kenya there have been fears the company could black out TVs in those countries, leaving the people without any TV. They would be better off without Chinese Tv  period.

While channels like the BBC reach more people and South African distributor MultiChoice has more subscribers, StarTimes' breadth of reach has some critics worrying: Does the company, with its close ties to Beijing, now have too much power over African television networks? Anyone with a brain would say “yes”. Yet hardly anyone in the world even knows what is going on.

The Western world viewed the African continent at the time: $1 trillion in development aid hadn't prevented famine from taking one million lives in Ethiopia in the 1980s, stemmed the scourge of AIDS, or stopped a brutal genocide from slaughtering roughly the same number in Rwanda in the 1990s.

Aid dollars served to ease Western guilt over what then British Prime Minister Tony Blair called a "scar on the conscience of the world," but aside from drilling for oil and establishing military bases, little energy went into doing real business in Africa.

Meanwhile, China took an entirely different approach. China invited the heads of state across Africa to attend the inaugural Forum on China-Africa Cooperation in Beijing, to discuss how the two regions could better work together. By the mid-2000s, the Chinese government, under its "Going Out" strategy, was encouraging entrepreneurs to head abroad and forge stronger ties with African nations. Again, not trying to help Africa but to gain a foothold.

Chinese entrepreneurs looking to make early inroads in nascent markets started moving to Africa. multi-SIM handsets and now has the biggest smartphone share on the continent. From cell phones to Tv, where Chinese companies have undercut other companies such as TV from $70 a month to under $4 a month, where the gross wages are about $700 a year.  Many other companies China has found a market, and has found a way to control a continent, without objections from the free world. China is investing billions into Africa.

China has almost taken over public broadcasting in Africa, thus almost have taken away Africa’s stat sovereignty. While not overtly political, the Chinese TV shows were carefully curated to portray China as a modern, urban place, despite the fact that about half of China's population still lives in the countryside. The idea, was to portray China as a wealthy, modernizing country.

One example of Chinese pro slanted news aired to the African people was of the 2014 Ebola outbreak in Africa, for example, found that 17% of stories by Chinese TV companies operating under different name’s) mentioned China, emphasized the role its doctors played in the relief efforts. In reality, China had spent far less than the US, United Kingdom and Germany fighting the disease. So the brainwashing continues.

In 2018, Beijing gave 800 million Kenyan shillings (roughly $7.8 million) to roll out the 10,000 Villages project in Kenya. That money would take StarTimes a company which claims to be independent but is a proxy for the Chinses government. Bringing TV to an additional 16,000 households and 2,400 public institutions, such as schools and hospitals, across the country for free. The flags of Kenya and China side by side in many of the villages.

Some people are afraid that China has too much control while other people feel with out China Africa would not be developing, yet --- China does nothing out of kindness and I feel that it is a mistake to turn our heads and allow China to infiltrate these countries. To ignore this now will only add trouble for the world in the coming decades.






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