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Our Haunted Moment

Today we’re featuring a fascinating conversation with the Congolese analyst Christian-Geraud Neema Byamungu about recent developments in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In case you haven’t been following this story, the last few weeks saw a flurry of 

New Research Reveals Impact of Chinese Overseas Development Finance on the Fragile Ecosystems and Indigenous Populations

Chinese-financed development projects in the Global South are having a profound impact on ecologically sensitive areas, particularly in regions populated by indigenous peoples, according to new research from Boston University's Global Development Policy Center (GDPC). The GDPC research ...

Our Haunted Moment

Today we’re featuring a fascinating conversation with the Congolese analyst Christian-Geraud Neema Byamungu about recent developments in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In case you haven’t been following this story, the last few ...

U.S. Conservatives Are Disappointed The Development Finance Corporation Isn’t Doing More to Confront China

Two prominent analysts at The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank in Washington, D.C., contend that the main U.S. development finance agency is not doing enough to "counter" China's growing influence in developing countries. Since it was re-launched in 2019, the ...

Chinese Mining Companies in the DRC Ramp Up Efforts To Showcase Infrastructure Development

Chinese mining companies in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are responding to allegations they haven't fulfilled their obligation to build infrastructure in the country with an increasingly high profile PR effort on social media and in the DRC news media. ...

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The Different Readings of FOCAC

One of the intriguing results of last week’s FOCAC meeting has been a narrative pushed by key English-language publications that it represents a reduction in Chinese engagement with the continent. Bloomberg set the tone in its initial report which counted the sums mentioned in President Xi Jinping’s speech and came to $40 billion. Comparing it to the $60 billion funding targets of 2015 and 2018, it concluded that the summit represented a pullback from ...

While Chinese Media Coverage of the Contract Controversy in the DRC Parrots the Party Line, Commentators Have a Different Opinion

The hyper-nationalist online news site Guancha (观察者)is among the few Chinese media outlets that features somewhat regular coverage of the ongoing contract review controversy between Chinese mining companies and the DRC government. While the site's reporting fully aligns with the official ...

The Number of Chinese Diplomatic Missions in Africa That Are on Twitter is Growing

The Chinese embassy in Rwanda is the latest Chinese diplomatic mission in Africa to open a new Twitter account. The Kigali embassy is now the 50th official Twitter account on the continent.  Click here ...

Update on the China-DR Congo Mining Contracts Dispute

After months of negative media coverage, Chinese mining companies in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are pushing back against the perception they aren't fulfilling their contractual obligations to provide social services and build infrastructure for the local communities where they ...