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Q&A: Why Now? The Domestic Politics Driving the DRC’s Review of Chinese Mining Contracts

DR Congo President Félix Tshisekedi standing next to Sicomines Director-General Li Sheng during a visit to the Chinese joint venture mining company in May. Photo via Xinhua.

Congolese President Félix Tshisekedi is fulfilling the promise he made last May to investigate foreign mining contracts to ensure they are fair and equitable. While the President did not single out the Chinese specifically, they’re no doubt going to be disproportionately impacted given their outsized role in the Congolese mining sector where Chinese companies reportedly account for 70% of all foreign mining companies operating in the country.

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