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

DR Congo Minister of Mines Antoinette N'samba while on an inspection tour of Chinese run mines in Kolwezi

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.

The incident took place last Wednesday when N’samba was visiting Chinese-run mines in Kolwezi (photo) and called on Wang to answer a question. Wang then allegedly waived his hand and said “I don’t understand” in Chinese, according to a report published on the Congo Online WeChat channel.

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