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How China’s Economic and Security Interests Converge in Africa

China-Africa trade smashed a new record in 2021 and surpassed $250 billion. This was a dramatic increase over the $187 billion that the two sides the previous year. But those enhanced trade ties come as ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

The Big Chill

Over the last few years, we’ve seen increasing hand-wringing in Western capitals about how the money China is spending in the Global South translates into direct political influence. This week research was published that quantifies the issue.

A new report by Foreign Policy Research Institute tracked how increased Chinese spending (both loans and foreign direct investment) in African countries aligns with those countries’ voting in the United Nations General Assembly ...

Four Chinese Nationals Refused Entry in the DR Congo, Deported Back to China

A group of four Chinese nationals who arrived at the Lubumbashi International Airport in the southern DR Congo last week were refused entry into the country and were deported back to China. Congolese immigration authorities claim the four, three men, and ...

Two Robbers Promptly Arrested After Attempting to Break Into Chinese UN Peacekeeping Base in the DRC

Two suspected robbers were quickly arrested after they scaled the security fence surrounding a Chinese UN peacekeeping base in the South Kivu city of Bukavu in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. The incident took place last Thursday when the ...

Investigating Chinese Corruption in the DRC Linked to the “Deal of the Century”

China's role in the landmark Congo-Hold Up corruption scandal was relatively small compared to those of other actors that were found to have funneled millions of dollars to former Congolese president Joseph Kabila and his associates. Nonetheless, investigators found that Chinese ...

Small-scale Miners in Northeastern DR Congo Protest Against Chinese Mining Companies’ Use of Heavy Machinery

Protests erupted this week in the far northeastern Congolese province of Haut-Uélé where small-scale miners rallied against the growing presence of Chinese mining companies in the region. The marchers, mostly young men, are upset about how Chinese mining companies are using large ...

Brace Yourself, You’re Going to be Inundated With Pictures of Chinese Infrastructure in the DRC

Now that the contentious contract disputes between the DRC government and the major Chinese mining companies appear to be settling, at least for now, expect to see a torrent of paid media, tweets, and countless propaganda stories extolling the merits of China's infrastructure-for-resource deals. ...

Was a Chinese Mine in the DR Congo Looted After the President Paid a Visit? The Mining Minister Says No, But Video Says Otherwise

The DR Congo's Mining Minister Antoinette N'samba is trying to quell accusations that the Chinese-owned Anhui Mining Investment Company (SACIM) was ransacked by looters last week after she and President Félix Tshisekedi visited the facility in the central Kasai Oriental province. Soon after ...

Why This Photo May Indicate That China’s Mining Contracts Problem in the DR Congo Has Been Resolved

DR Congo President Félix Tshisekedi's office published a photo of a Christmas Eve meeting with Sun Ruiwen, president of China Molybdenum (aka "China Moly.") The company controls the massive Tenke Fungurume cobalt and copper mine (TFM) in Lualaba province. Sun reportedly reassured President ...

Chinese Involvement in the “Congo Hold-Up” Corruption Scandal

19 media outlets together with five NGOs in the U.S. and Europe pored through 3.5 million leaked documents from a Gabonese bank to produce Congo Hold-Up, a landmark report that detailed breathtaking corruption in the DR Congo during ...

Zhejiang Province Shutters Factories Due to COVID-19, Raising Concerns About the DRC-to-China Cobalt Supply Chain

The global cobalt supply chain is bracing for the impact from the closure of three of China's largest processing factories in eastern Zhejiang province in response to an outbreak of COVID-19.  Provincial authorities shuttered more than a dozen massive factories in ...

Hundreds of Truckers Create Informal Nomad Villages While Waiting for Cargo from Chinese Copper Mines in the DRC

Somidez, the Congolese mining unit of the Chinese mining giant China Nonferrous Mining Corporation (CNMC), posted a series of fascinating photos that show the vibrant impromptu communities that form among truckers from across Africa as they wait for days in line to pick up their hauls of ...
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