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Tshisekedi’s Trip to China Was a Total Waste of Time and It’s His Fault

Democratic Republic of Congo's President Felix Tshisekedi (C) and China's President Xi Jinping (L) attend a welcoming ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on May 26, 2023. THOMAS PETER / POOL / AFP

Two somewhat perplexing stories today in the China-Africa space. First, the visit to China by President Félix Tshisekedi is wrapping up in Hong Kong and it appears, at least based on what we know so far, that the trip was a colossal waste of time for the Congolese leader.

Rumors of a big minerals trading deal and progress in renegotiating the unfair mining deals with Chinese companies seem to have been nothing more than hype.

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