The South African government has denied a visa to Tibetan leader, the Dalai Lama on grounds, “it would not be in the best interests of South Africa.” The government claimed such a visit would detract from it being the host country for the 2010 World Cup. Of course, the denial of a visa has nothing to do with soccer or a World Cup, but it has everything to do with huge Chinese investments on the African continent and a desire to attract such investments to South Africa. The Nobel prize committee said it would not participate in a conference in South Africa unless the country reconsiders its decision to deny the 1989 peace prize laureate, Dalai Lama an entry visa. Several prominent South Africans such as Archbishop Desmond Tutu said they would not attend the conference in light of a visa denial for the Tibetan leader.
Africa is moving ever steadily into the economic sphere of the Chinese. They are investing huge amounts of money and linking their economy with raw materials from Africa. As the United States fights in Iraq and Afghanistan, China uses the opportunity to move into Africa and South America. George Bush has proven to be a savior for Chinese economic expansion.