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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.

Photo of the Day: The PLA is “Under the Party’s Command”

This image of newly arrived Chinese blue helmets in the DRC provides an important reminder that, unlike most other militaries that operate under the command of their national government, the PLA is "under the Party's command" per the container in the background.

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.  ...

New Contingent of Chinese Blue Helmets Arrive in DR Congo

Nearly one hundred Chinese PLA soldiers operating as UN peacekeepers arrived in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on Friday. None of the troops will be assigned to combat roles and instead will support existing Chinese engineering and medical detachments.

DR Congo Receives First Shipment of Chinese COVID Vaccines

For the first time, the DR Congo took delivery of a donation of Chinese-made vaccines. A shipment of 400,000 doses of Sinovac and an equal number of syringes arrived on Wednesday at the capital's N'djili Airport. Ambassador Zhu Jing led a handover ...

Public Diplomacy With Chinese Characteristics

Many observers were caught off guard when Wu Peng, China’s top diplomat for sub-Saharan Africa, publicly condemned Chinese companies engaged in illegal activities in the DRC and announced the intention of the Chinese government to prosecute them at home. However, coming from him, it shouldn’t really be a ...

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 ...
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