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Congo update: don’t blame China, blame the tribes

By Mary Fitzgerald  

Laurent Nkunda: man of the people?

In his dispatch from the frontline in eastern Congo this week, Ben Simon takes issue with Tim Butcher’s assessment of the crisis. Butcher (Prospect, December) claims that China’s grab for the region’s mineral wealth, rather than local tribal tensions, is to blame for the recent fighting in which over 100,000 people have died, and 250,000 have fled their homes. The rebels’ true endgame, Butcher says, is a slice of the $5bn worth of mining deals made between the Chinese and…

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