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Tshisekedi Appears to Be Looking for an Exit to His Prolonged Standoff With Chinese Mining Companies

On Friday DR Congo President Félix Tshisekedi hinted during a meeting of the Council of Ministers (the DRC's cabinet) that he wants to bring an end to the ongoing dispute with Chinese mining companies over unfair contracts. The President 

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How a Port Expansion in a Tiny, Self-Declared African Country Reverberates Around the World

One of the key discussions in the run-up to the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation summit is whether China is stepping away from funding large-scale infrastructure projects like roads and ports. 

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A Chinese Mining Company in the DRC Pushes Back Against “Unverified Media Reports” That It Polluted the Environment

The Chinese-owned Xiangjiang Mining Company is attempting to reverse last August's decision by DR Congo Deputy Prime Minister Ève Bazaïba to revoke the firm's two mining licenses in central Tshopo province. The company was among a number of Chinese mining companies that were banned ...

Sicomines Wanted a Dialogue With Congolese Labor Advocates… And They Sure Got an Earful

The management at the embattled Sino-Congolese mining company Sicomines reached out to local labor activists for a dialogue about the working conditions at the Chinese-run joint venture.  They got an earful last week, particularly from labor advocate Don ...

Forget Cobalt, China Wants More of the Lithium Market To Power Electric Vehicles

The Chinese copper and gold mining giant Zijin Mining Group Co. took investors by surprise last week when it bought the Canadian company Neo Lithium Corp.'s South American lithium mining assets for $770 million. The deal highlights the growing importance that Chinese mining companies and electric vehicle battery ...

More Robbery Attempts at Chinese Residential Compounds in the DRC Mining City of Kolwezi

For the second week in a row, robbers attempted to break into a Chinese residential compound in the southern DR Congo city of Kolwezi. The suspects, though, didn't get very far. After struggling to break through the gates, they were apprehended by a combined force of 30 police ...

NGO Describes 2008 China-DR Congo Sicomines Deal Described as “Unconscionable”

It sounds like the soon-to-be-released report by the Congolese branch of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) is going to be unsparing in its criticism of the 2008 Sino-Congolese deal that created the Sicomines joint venture mining company.

Chinese Community in the DR Congo’s Mining Belt Report More Robberies and Break-In Attempts

Chinese residents and businesses in the southern Congolese mining city of Kolwezi report an increase in armed robberies and attempted break-ins.  It's not clear from the accounts on the Lualaba Chinese Chamber of Commerce WeChat channel if the assailants ...

Sicomines is Bracing For a Brutal Report From the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative

The Sino-Congolese mining giant Sicomines is already trying to discredit a highly-anticipated report by the Congolese branch of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative even before the NGO's findings have been published. Radio France Internationale and other media ...

Author Erik Bruyland on Why No One Should Be Surprised That the Sicomines Deal Is Now a Huge Mess

It was once described as the "Deal of the Century" now, 13 years later, the Sino-Congolese joint venture known as Sicomines is the focal point of a bitter dispute over whether this $6 billion copper and cobalt venture was established on wholly unfair terms.  ...

TRANSLATION: Smear Campaigns Against Chinese Mining Companies in the DR Congo

There is growing frustration among Chinese stakeholders over the way that Chinese mining companies in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have been depicted in the ongoing review of foreign mining contracts by the government in Kinshasa. The editors at the Global Mining (世界矿业) WeChat channel summarized ...

This Chart Explains Why DRC President Tshisekedi Wants to Renegotiate Those Chinese Mining Contracts

While DR Congo President Félix Tshisekedi has said that he wants to review foreign (mostly Chinese) mining contracts to ensure they're more equitable, he hasn't provided any specific explanation for why he's choosing to do so now. There are many theories ...
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