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

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.

Will the DRC Prime Minister Break the Deadlock with China Moly? Mining Expert Géraud Neema Weighs In

1. What are the politics behind these talks that we’re not seeing? Geraud Neema: There is a stalemate between the parties namely CMOC on one side and Gecamines executive, TFM temporary administrator, and the revision committee on the other. Through political ...

Q&A: China’s DRC Envoy Says Beijing Open to Cooperate With U.S. in Congo

In 2021, Sino-Congolese relations were somewhat shaken when two major Chinese investments in the mining sector in D.R. Congo were questioned and investigated by NGOs and Congolese authorities. The Sicomines project was the target for some of this criticism. The ...

Who is behind China Molybdenum in the Democratic Republic of Congo?

Who exactly is controlling the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Tenke Fungurume Mine (TFM), one of the largest copper and cobalt mines in the world, remains a mystery. Officially, the Chinese mining giant China Molybdenum (CMOC) is in a partnership with the DRC’s state-owned mining company Gécamines ...

Tibor Nagy’s Disingenuous Questioning of Chinese Mining Investments in Africa

Like an inquisitor against a backdrop of anti-Chinese criticism, former U.S. Undersecretary of State for Africa Tibor Nagy posted a tweet questioning China's role in the African mining sector: ...

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 ...

China and 22 Francophone African Countries Talk Democracy

China recently convened an online seminar 22 French-speaking African countries to discuss democracy. The online meeting, on “The Exploration and Practice of Democracy in Chinese and African Legislative Bodies” drew in members of China’s National People’s Assembly, and about 90 African representatives. 

China Moly’s CEO is Back in the DRC For a Visit That Raises More Questions Than Answers

Sun Ruiwen, the powerful CEO of mining giant China Molybdnenum (aka China Moly) was back in Kinshasa this week for a low-profile visit with DR Congo Prime Minister Sama Lukonde. China Moly operates the Tenke Fungurume (TFM) mine, one ...