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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 ...

Online Reaction to Wu’s Tweets Was a Mix of Cautious Optimism and Outright Skepticism

More than a hundred comments were posted in response to the tweet by China's top diplomat for sub-Saharan Africa, Wu Peng, about the Chinese government's decision to prosecute six Chinese mining companies found to be violating the law in the DRC's South Kivu province.  ...

There’s a Lot More Discussion on WeChat About What Chinese Mining Companies Need to Do to Comply With DRC Law

The steadily rising pressure on Chinese mining companies operating in the Democratic Republic of Congo is prompting some very lively discussions on the Chinese social media network WeChat. The discussions focus on giving legal guidance on what Chinese companies need to do to better comply with local ...

TRANSLATION: Assessing the New Risks For Chinese Companies, Projects and Personnel in Post-Coup Guinea

The city of Shanghai's department of commerce posted a fascinating six-point analysis of the new risks confronting Chinese companies operating in Guinea following the recent overthrow of President Alpha Condé by a military junta. The post appeared on an official WeChat ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Climate Sweet, Climate Bitter

Last week it was Pakistan, this week South Florida. The climate collapse is like a monstrous four-dimensional version of whack-a-mole. You never know where – or how – it will hit. But the hits keep coming.

With the damaged Nord Stream pipeline (and the Global North’s unmitigated hydrocarbon dependence it represents) bubbling away in the Baltic Sea, U.S. climate czar John Kerry’s high-handed comments to the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment earlier this month ...

Madagascar’s Military Will Soon Learn to Say 你好 (Hello)

Officials in Madagascar's Ministry of Defense will soon have the chance to study Mandarin thanks to a new program set up by the embassy's new military office in Antananarivo. The objective of the course is to facilitate "broader, smoother and sounder communication" between the two militaries.

Africa Should Negotiate Collectively with China at FOCAC. But That’s Not Going to Happen.

As the next Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) draws closer, the same sentiments and concerns over Africa’s relative position in the 20-year-old arrangement keep coming up. It is widely acknowledged that the continent generally gets the short end of the stick ...