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September 2, 2022 43 min

In this episode, we discuss China’s relationship with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) with Congolese researcher and human rights activist Kambale Musavuli. 

Kambale takes us through everything from the responsibility of local elites in delivering projects, to the US efforts to cut China off from vital strategic minerals (involving both Hilary Clinton and Antony Blinken), and dispelling myths about the ‘controversial’ Chinese-owned Tenke Fungurume cobalt mine.

For more, check out these resources:

  • China cancels Democratic Republic of Congo loans as it joins belt and road, SCMP, January 2021, 
  • Why China is making a big play for Congolese cobalt – and other critical minerals, SCMP, August 2021, 
  • A Closer Look at China in Africa, Codepink, Feburary 2022,
  • The Crane: An Africa-China Podcast is a bi-monthly podcast giving you a fresh look at the news, events, and debates around China-Africa relations from the perspective of two young(ish) Africans.

    You can listen to all episodes of The Crane for free anywhere you get podcasts.

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