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China backs Congo’s ban on six small Chinese mining companies

Will ‘never allow’ Chinese companies in Africa to violate local laws and regulations – official.
DRC president said to be reviewing $6bn ‘infrastructure-for-minerals’ deal. Image: Simon Dawson Bloomberg

China gave its backing on Tuesday to a Congolese provincial government’s order last month banning six small Chinese-owned mining companies from operating illegally.

The move comes as Democratic Republic of Congo President Felix Tshisekedi increases scrutiny of Chinese mining activities, reviewing a $6 billion “infrastructure-for-minerals” deal with Chinese investors and reassessing China Molybdenum’s Tenke Fungurume mine.

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The governor of Congo’s eastern South Kivu province, Theo Kasi, suspended the operations of the six small Chinese companies on August 20, ordering all local and foreign staff to leave the sites.

Kasi said the suspension came after the companies missed a deadline to register their activities with the authorities.

Kasi identified the companies as BM Global Business, Congo Blueant Minerals, Orientale Ressource Congo, Yellow Water Ressources, New Continent Mineral, and Groupe Cristal, ordering all local and foreign staff to leave the sites. Reuters was unable to reach the companies for comment.

The director-general of the Chinese Foreign Ministry’s Department of African Affairs, Wu Peng, tweeted that the authorities of China’s Zhejiang and Jiangsu provinces had ordered the six companies to halt business and leave South Kivu “as soon as possible”.

“We support the DRC in cracking down on illegal economic activities in accordance with the law,” Wu tweeted. The companies would be punished and sanctioned by the Chinese government, he added. He did not identify the companies nor describe in what way their activities were illegal.

“We’ll never allow Chinese companies in Africa to violate local laws and regulations,” Wu wrote.

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“We’ll nver allow Chinese companies in Africa to voilate local laws and regulations’ – Wu Peng.

I don’t believe Wu Peng for a fliipping, this is just a ‘ready to go’ press release sitting there on his desk to handle Public Relations. This is a version of the same statement that was issued when locals in African countries experience discrimination by Chinese Nationals who often are in African countries without anyone knowing exactly how, why, and for how long as African leaders seems to have been fed a fat-cake with too much butter on in their mouths. The Chinese government will say all these ‘near legal’ PR non-sense but when those Chinese are accused and arrested they will fight like hell to get them on bail and while on bail they will bribe corrupt legal officials and leave the country and even though China knows that they are wanted for crime in country of origin. They will be allowed into China and that will be the end of that. Ask Nairobi, what heppened to the Chinese business man who was discriminating against us near Nairobi Hospital in Kilimani? He jumped his bail (with help of corrupt Kenyan officials – non got charged) and headed back to China. And he may well be back in Kenya or some other African country doing the same!!! What Stops this country from seizing equipment and arresting these illegal miners? That same big fat-cake in the orifice of many African leaders. That’s what!!!

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