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A Lawyer’s Perspective on What’s Ahead This Year for Two Controversial Chinese Bauxite Mining Deals in West Africa

A train loaded with bauxite arrives at the bauxite factory of Guinea's largest mining firm, Compagnie des Bauxites de Guinee (CBG), at Kamsar, a town north of the capital Conakry. GEORGES GOBET / AFP

University of Maryland legal scholar Zhang Jingjing is one of the world’s leading experts on outbound Chinese investment, particularly involving cases that have serious environmental consequences. Over the years, she’s been closely following developments in Guinea where Societe Miniere de Boke (SMB), a Singaporean/Chinese consortium, has a $3 billion contract to develop the country’s mining sector.

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