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The DR Congo Government Now Has Sicomines in its Sights as the Investigation Into Chinese Mining Contracts Advances

The Congolese government started its review of Chinese mining contracts trying to land a big fish, by launching a commission to investigate China Molybdenum's massive Tenke Fungurume (TFM) cobalt and copper mine in southern Lualaba Province. Now, the government ...

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

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 ...

Hichilema May Find Out Getting Elected Was the Easy Part, Fixing Zambia’s Debt-Ridden Economy Will Be a Lot Harder

A peaceful transfer of power took place in Lusaka on Tuesday when opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema (photo) became Zambia's seventh president in the post-colonial era. President Hichilema made clear right from the start that the economy, specifically reducing the country's heavy debt load, will be ...

Global Leadership Stories

The United States’s hurried withdrawal from Afghanistan revealed the messy space where the discourse about international leadership meets leadership on the ground. Even as many are criticizing the role that various Western fantasies of nation-building/democratization/containment/management have played in the debacle, it’s still unclear what a Western reckoning ...

Tshisekedi Keeps Promise to Re-Negotiate Foreign Mining Contracts, Launches Investigation Into China Moly

DR Congo President Félix Tshisekedi is following through with his promise to review all foreign mining contracts, mostly with Chinese companies, to evaluate whether the deals that were struck during his predecessor's tenure are equitable.

Congolese Governor Orders Suspension of Six Chinese Mining Companies in South Kivu Over Environmental Violations

Théo Ngwabidje Kasi (photo), governor of South Kivu province in the Eastern DR Congo, ordered six  Chinese-owned mining companies to suspend operations in a bid to "restore order" after weeks of mounting tensions between the companies and the community. Three ...

Up and Coming Leader in Namibia’s Ruling Party is Now Studying Political Science at Peking University

Armas Amukwiyu, a rising star in Namibia's ruling SWAPO party took some time off from his day job doing political organizing in the northern Oshikoto region to go to Beijing to study politics at China's most prestigious university. Amukwiyu is in Beijing now ...

Gyude Moore Reflects on Hichilema’s Victory in Zambia and Why China is Calling in Its Loans in Kenya

A lot of major developments this week in the China-Africa space following Zambia's landslide election victory for opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema and new debt repayment challenges in Kenya for the embattled Standard Gauge Railway.

Thierry Pairault on What China Really Wants From Africa

French media and scholars have long struggled to understand the nature of Chinese engagement in Africa, often framing the issue in the context of their own brutal colonial past on the continent. Much of the discourse on the topic in France is whether China is the "new ...

The Impossibility of Learning from Afghanistan

The story of China in the Global South has always carried a frisson in the West. A large part of that feeling has to do with China’s size, the way it simply doesn’t fit into any of the categories the West uses to classify and understand the ...
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