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Why the Chinese Embassy in DRC Needs To Take Labor Abuse Videos Seriously

Screenshot of a fight between a Congolese worker and his Chinese manager at a Tenke Fungurumé Mining site in the province of Lualaba, in the south of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Image via Facebook "Reso 100fil Congolais."

China’s ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zhu Jing, is probably hoping that the fuss from the recent emergence of multiple social videos that depict violent abuse of local Congolese workers by Chinese managers will blow over.

After all, it’s a classic official Chinese response to these kinds of controversies: First, ignore the crisis, then find someone to blame (usually the Western media or a Western government), and then repeat that accusation over and over and over again.

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