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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 ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Grappling with African Success

This week saw the second China-Africa Economic and Trade Expo, held in Changsha, the capital of China’s Hunan province. As we’ve covered over the last few years, the city is rapidly emerging as a hub of Africa-China trade. It houses a new cocoa trading facility and is a destination for other African agricultural commodities. As an estimated $16 billion in deals were being signed, African commodities like pepper and butter sold ...

What Can the DRC Learn From Ghana’s Experience of Fighting 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 of Chinese ...

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. ...

Ford’s CEO is Unhappy with China and the DRC’s Control Over EV Supply Chain

Ford chief executive Jim Farley said the cost of electric vehicles remains too high, in part because of the cost of importing key raw materials like cobalt from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and relying on batteries made in China. Instead, Farley called for both to ...

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 ...

Tshisekedi Was the Only African Head of State That Got an Audience With Blinken, China Not on the Agenda

Senior U.S. officials, including President Joe Biden, were surprisingly averse to meeting with African heads of state who were in the United States last week for the United Nations General Assembly meetings in New York.  ...

Now It’s Huawei That’s in Trouble in the DR Congo

Telecom giant Huawei is now the latest Chinese company to be embroiled in controversy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The company is to appear again in the Gombe Commercial Court in Kinshasa to settle a bitter feud regarding a 2018 judgment against ...

Week in Review: Debt, Arrests and Market Expansion

Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema will head to Washington soon to meet with officials from the IMF and World Bank in an effort to secure a new financing package. The Zambian leader spoke at the UN this week and met with U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris in New York.While President ...

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 weeks saw a flurry of 

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 ...
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