Original article by Ian Verrender
abc.net au – Page: Online : 5-Jul-21
China is by far the biggest lender to Africa, with one of its more controversial strategies involving handouts being given in exchange for stakes in long-term mining projects where Chinese-government-owned firms take all the profits. It is estimated that China struck $US164 billion ($218 billion) worth of such deals across Africa in the four years to 2018, with the Natural Resource Governance Institute finding they deliver much more benefit to China than the host country. By increasing its influence in potentially iron ore-rich countries like Guinea and the Republic of Congo, China can reduce its reliance on Australia for iron ore.
NATIONAL RESOURCE GOVERNANCE INSTITUTE, RIO TINTO LIMITED – ASX RIO