Sunday, March 15, 2009

ecological destruction of Africa by China

Some may believe that Socialist Banner unfairly emphasises the expansion of Chinese capitalism in Africa . However , it is China that is demonstrating Marx's maxim that capitalism must accumulate , accumulate , accumulate .

We have another story about the effect on Africa of China's craving for raw material .

China's thirst for natural resources including wood and minerals is leading to massive deforestation in Africa and the destruction of crucial wildlife habitat, world-renowned primatologist Jane Goodall . The scientist warned that Beijing is pressing governments in central Africa's Congo basin to sign over forest concessions in return for infrastructure and healthcare aid.She said the process is helping decimate some of the largest populations of wild chimpanzees and gorillas in the world.

"These areas containing unlogged forests are very desirable to, particularly today, China, with China's desperate effort for economic growth.Basically, they have almost exhausted their own supplies of wood and minerals so they go to Africa and offer large amounts of money or offer to build roads or make dams, in return for forest concessions or rights to minerals and oil," Goodall, said.

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