China is taking over the world. That is a sentiment often uttered in jest but there is a lot of truth behind that statement. Remember, there is a little (or a lot of) truth in every joke and often times people don’t take the Chinese seriously because Westerners don’t understand them.
One in five people on Earth are Chinese and they are certainly everywhere. The Chinese diaspora is so massive that you can throw a dart at a map and find a community of Chinese anywhere. That said, they aren’t doing it the old fashioned way. Here is how China is taking over the world.
In the old days of imperial rule; when invasions were the norm and England, France, Portugal, Spain and others took turns ruling the world so to speak-it was simple. You ruled the country you conquered or bought. But that proved to bring a lot of headaches. Look at the how West Africa brought nothing but problems to the French or those pesky American patriots took down the British.
Those days are long gone. Who wants to deal with governing or ruling people in modern times? Nobody…especially not China; they’re too smart for that. Look how great it’s gone for the United States while “occupying” a few nations recently after conflicts!
What modern day nations want is land, natural resources, minerals, rights to drill, mine or do as they please. Seems pretty obvious right? However, China is actually doing it. I have been saying this for years and it is happening everywhere.
I first noticed it about 5-6 years ago in East Africa. When you leave the airport in Nairobi, Kenya you are greeted by a bunch of signs in Chinese. This is commonplace in Africa. As I traveled more on the continent I saw it more often. After talking with people on the ground, it is true. The Chinese are taking over.
However, they are doing it brilliantly. They are using diplomacy. They are buying massive plots of land in both developing and developed nations. The Chinese have money and it certainly does talk.
The idea of soft power in foreign policy and non-interference has opened the door for China to countries ostracized by the West-for example African nations. And the Chinese are capitalizing. Look at these figures from 2012!
In poor nations within the African continent, aside from some bribe money for the ruling warlord, they also build much needed infrastructure to help the country. However, the brilliance is it also helps China. It makes it easier for them to mine and transport what they find across paved roads, bridges, ports, airports and other infrastructure.
China does this all over the developing world, especially where money and infrastructure is needed the most. But it is not limited to poor nations. China recently tried to buy and build a special administrative region or zone in Idaho in the United States. Thankfully that was blocked-for now. But that doesn’t mean they won’t try again in the US and it certainly doesn’t mean they won’t do it in other countries.
I am currently in Western Australia where the Chinese are buying up land left and right. Talk to locals on the ground here and they can’t stand it. That said, the mining industry has made many of them very wealthy. It is not uncommon for 20 year old kids that dropped out of high school making $300-$400, 000 a year mining.
The Chinese are buying land, they are buying houses and they are drilling and exploring those lands. They pay hefty price tags so people sell. And why not? It’s hard to blame people for trying to make money even if you don’t like who are selling to. It’s called business.
So soon, the Chinese will have more real estate than you can possibly imagine and I am talking everywhere there may be some valuable land. They are smart, they are rich and they are quiet about it.
You never see crazy stuff happening on CNN in China. Seriously, since Tiananmen Square in 1989, when was the last time you heard or saw much of anything from China other than the 2008 Olympics in Beijing?
They don’t do brash things. They don’t get too loudly involved in global media or politics and they keep their own stuff internal. Yes, sad to say (human right aside), but communism seems to be working for them in a lot of ways.
The new China has more money than they know what to do with and they’ve realized they can manipulate world markets and currencies-see the US dollar and the amount of US debt they own! This is scary. However, it’s not like it’s Germany in the World Wars. They really aimed to take over the world but they bit off more than they could chew. China is a lot smarter and more stealth.
They are speaking quietly and carrying a big stick…err wallet! You won’t see them coming but if you haven’t already, you will notice them everywhere. The new power isn’t military might or who turns out Hollywood hits; it’s ownership; it’s rights; it’s control; it’s money…that is the new power. That is what China is doing.
And maybe it’s about time. Did I mention one in five people on Earth are Chinese? China has more than 100 cities with more than 1 million residents? Depending what numbers you look at, the US has 9. Australia has 4. Canada has 4. You get the point.
China is taking over the world and there isn’t a damn thing we can do to stop it.
Note: This is not an endorsement for or against China and certainly not an endorsement for communism. It is simply a post I’ve written based on years of observations and conversation with people regarding this subject.