BBC Newsnight: China’s $9bln Investment in the Congo (Part 3)

In so many ways, the Democratic Republic of the Congo is ground zero for China’s Africa strategy.  The DRC is a veritable supermarket for China’s mineral and natural resource needs: gold, coltan, zinc, lead, copper and the list goes on and on.  In hu and kabilacomparison to the Sudan where China’s investment is almost exclusively focused on petroleum, the Congo offers a distinct mix of resources for the Chinese.  Just as colonial powers in the past came to the Congo and other African countries to extract raw materials and discovered that it was not as easy as planned, the Chinese are designing a different approach to avoid such pitfalls. In part three of this fascinating BBC Newsnight report on the Chinese in the Congo, Beijing is opting to use more carrots than sticks to achieve its goals.

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