Taiwan tries to force the DRC to repay a 30-year-old debt
Taiwan's lawyers, who won a US court ruling in 2017 ordering the DRC to pay $57.3m for an unpaid debt dating back to 1991, are now trying to target Congolese assets in the US.
Private security magnate Erik Prince's Frontier Services Group has just landed a major contract to protect the assets of Sicomines. The big Sino-Congolese mines-for-infrastructure joint venture is currently facing strong public criticism, as well as some perimeter security problems.
Still a big mining player in southern Africa and busy with sugarcane in his native Mauritius, Jean-Raymond Boulle, who did well in a wartorn Congo in the late 1990s, has set up a new company to expand his horizons, seemingly into northern Europe.
With the nickel, gold and diamonds firm in administration, Ian Dearing, the last man standing on the Asa Resource board, is fighting a rearguard action to regain a semblance of control and to hang on to some potentially very lucrative company assets in the DRC.