China's African Takeover

Channel 4

Unreported World

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China is entangled in the biggest scramble for Africa since the West's colonial powers were fighting over the resource-rich continent in the 19th century.

China’s insatiable appetite for the raw materials to feed its growth brings unprecedented investment to Africa, and creates thousands of jobs. But, as reporter Aidan Hartley and director Tom Porter l travel through the Congo and Zambia, they film shocking scenes that reveal that the desperation of China to secure the resources it needs at the lowest price can also force low-paid workers, including children to face dirty dangerous conditions and even risk their lives.

- The Sunday Times

“..inescapably powerful…watching the chilling film of children crawling down a dark tunnel to scrape away at a rock face it is impossible not to think of the darkest days of colonialism…"
- The Observer

First Broadcast

April 20, 2007



Producer Director

Tom Porter


Aidan Hartley

Executive Producer

Eamonn Matthews


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