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- Print Length: 42 pages
- Publisher: Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting (August 30, 2013)
- Publication Date: August 30, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00EWPQ7CY
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China's Congo Plan: What the Economic Superpower Sees in the World's Poorest Nation Kindle Edition
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Another problem - Congo's Second Civil War, fueled by Rwanda in an effort to control the area's illegal mineral trade.
A 2010 study estimates there are 450,000 - 500,000 people (many children) working as small-scale miners in Congo - its largest source of informal employment. Earning about $55/week, that's far more than Congo's estimated per capita income of about $6/week. Thousands of Chinese workers have also been lured to central Africa in a modern-day mineral rush for copper and cobalt (weld jet engines, charging electronic devices). Congo has nearly half the world's cobalt reserves, along with a substantial supply of high-grade copper ore. They return to China just once/year to see their families.
China's plan is to mine 6.8 million tons of copper and 427,000 tons of cobalt over the next 25 years. In exchange, China will spend $3 billion to build roads, hospitals, and universities throughout Congo - to be paid back from mineral sales to China.Read more ›
I highly recommend this for people with an interest in development and natural resources, but may not know very much about China's emerging role or the DRC.
There are issues with this single, however. First, it is loosely written. The piece is 42 pages long and divided into 13 chapters. As a result by the time the author eases you into a chapter through an interesting anecdote, the chapter is almost over -- and the remainder of it is spent foreshadowing the content of the next chapter. This makes reading easy, but I for one would have preferred denser, more informative writing.
Second, the piece does not go into great depth. If you want a very, very general overview of China in the Congo, then it will be a good introduction. But if you already know something about China, Africa, or mining, this piece won't take you much deeper. Oftentimes these Kindle Singles are compendiums of journalists' articles which present their work in a single piece. As a result, they often show the journalist's mastery of their beat. This book is much lighter and superficial than these sorts of singles -- despite Kushner's own work in this area. For this reason I found it a little disappointing. But then again your mileage may vary.
Finally, the piece contains links to youtube videos and illustrations of life in the Congo.Read more ›
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Gives a brief overview of China in the RDC. If this is a subject area you are interested in, then I would recommend this short book as being worthwhile.Published 19 months ago by J Brodie
This composition of anecdotal stories was an easy and interesting read, but I am unable to gather the big answer to what question this book is trying to answer. Read morePublished on May 27, 2014 by Flying Penguin
PROVIDED AN INFORMING NARRATIVE ON A RELEVANT TOPIC.
ON POINT AND TO THE POINT.
DID NOT PUSH AN AGENDA.
Good to see a more in depth look at China in Congo.
Very interesting and enjoyable and should be read by anyone with an interest in Africa and good journalism.
What a pleasure to read a first-hand account written by a well-informed, neutral observer. A must read for anyone interested in China's role in Africa.Published on November 18, 2013 by Godfree Roberts
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