Kinshasa receives first batch of three Chinese attack drones
The first CH-4 combat drone system has just been delivered to the DRC by the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation.
The state miner's new chairman and general managers appointed by Kinshasa to give Gécamines a new lease of life were all in the good books of the firm's all-powerful former boss Albert Yuma Mulimbi. They also each worked at one time for private mining firms operating in DRC, such as AngloGold and Glencore.
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.
Xi Jinping's regime has invited the Congolese head of state to visit Beijing later this spring to discuss economic cooperation between the two countries. The invitation comes as Washington, which has made a dramatic return to the DRC since the election of Felix Tshisekedi, is closely scrutinizing Chinese activity in the country.