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Why the U.S. Shouldn’t Be Surprised About China’s Close Ties With DRC Mining Companies

DR Congo President Félix Tshisekedi meeting with China Molybdenum President Sun Ruiwen in Kinshasa. Image via the DRC Presidency.

U.S. officials in Washington and Kinshasa are apparently disappointed, according to a new investigation by the Paris-based Africa Intelligence, that they’ve failed to dislodge China from its dominance of the Congolese mining industry, particularly in strategically important metals like cobalt.

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