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Chinese Sources Refute Story That a Chinese National Was Jailed For Insulting the DR Congo’s Mining Minister

Chinese sources in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are challenging reports first published by human rights activist Géorges Kapiamba that Wang Haifang, a Chinese national, was sentenced to three months in jail and fined $500,000 for insulting the Minister of Mines Antoinette N'samba. ...

Q&A: What Lessons Can the DRC Learn From Ghana’s Experience Combatting Illegal Chinese Mining Activities?

In the last few weeks, we have witnessed heightened campaigns against illegal mining activities associated with Chinese companies in the Congolese provinces of Ituri and South Kivu. Several Chinese miners were arrested in the far Eastern Ituri province where it is believed that an unknown number ...

Congolese Ministers Deliver Mostly Favorable Report to President on Chinese Infrastructure

Two Congolese ministers delivered a largely upbeat assessment of the status of Chinese infrastructure projects tied to major mining contracts in a key report for President Félix Tshisekedi at the latest cabinet meeting on Friday. Infrastructure and Public ...

Everywhere You Look in the DR Congo, Chinese Entities Are Suddenly Getting a Lot of Good Press

A noticeable increase in positive media coverage about Chinese companies and government-backed development projects in the Democratic Republic of the Congo that began last week is showing no signs of abating, with leading news outlets publishing a stream of favorable stories. ...

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 ...

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 ...

Message Point: The “Infrastructure-for-Minerals” Package Cooperation Between China and the DRC”

When China faces intense public pressure, as was the case last year following the Guangzhou discrimination crisis and now in the DRC over mining contracts, Chinese representatives often take much longer to respond than other governments do under similar circumstances. 

Chinese Stakeholders in the DR Congo Go On the Offensive in a Bid To Change the Narrative

Chinese mining interests in the DR Congo are now pushing back aggressively against the perception that they are unfairly exploit Congo's natural resources through unfair contracts, avoiding taxes, and not fulfilling corporate social responsibility commitments. The companies, many of which are ...

Under Pressure, Chinese Government to Prosecute Six of its Mining Companies in the DRC For Environmental Crimes

China's unfolding drama in the Democratic Republic of Congo took an unexpected turn on Tuesday evening when Wu Peng, Beijing's top diplomat for sub-Saharan Africa, announced on Twitter that the Chinese government will prosecute six small mining companies that operated illegally in the far eastern ...

Chinese Embassy to Set Up a Special Unit That Aims to Combat Illegal Mining (Presumably by Chinese Companies)

TWEET TRANSLATION: The Chinese authorities have taken action to support the Congolese government in the fight against the illegal exploitation of natural resources. A special unit has also been set up within the Chinese Embassy in the DRC. China's ambassador to the ...
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