Congolese government arrives en masse in China for talks
Several of Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi's ministers arrived in Beijing before his state visit.
DRC president Felix Tshisekedi will travel to Beijing on 26 May for a bilateral meeting with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, during which an attempt to find a solution to the dispute over the mining firm Sicomines could be made.
A high-level delegation from the China National Aero-Technology Import & Export Corp (CATIC) travelled last week to Kinshasa, accompanied by officers from the People's Liberation Army (PLA), to try to sell its JF-17 Thunder fighter jets to DR Congo.
Ever since Félix Tshisekedi took power, Washington had hoped he would curb China's huge influence in the country. Four years later, the United States is bitterly disappointed that it has failed to break Beijing's hegemony in strategic mining issues.