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China's Congo Plan

What the Economic Superpower Sees in the World's Poorest Nation

This book can be downloaded and read in Apple Books on your Mac or iOS device.

Description

What does China see in the world’s poorest nation? An opportunity for big business. Congo is known for poverty and conflict, but it’s home to an enormous wealth of buried minerals like copper, whose value is rising on the world market. Already, tens of thousands of Chinese men and women have left their families behind to live in Africa to dig and process ore. Now, two Chinese state-owned companies are opening the biggest mine Congo has ever seen. In exchange they’re spending billions of dollars to build new roads and modernize Congo's infrastructure.
But will Chinese mines and roads help transform the country in a way Western aid and business has not? Or will Chinese businessmen and Congolese officials get rich while the people continue to live in poverty?
In China’s Congo Plan, Jacob Kushner takes us street-side to a grand, Chinese-constructed boulevard in Congo’s capital Kinshasa, to a mountain range where Congolese men, women and children dig for minerals with picks and shovels, and a factory where Chinese immigrants melt aqua-blue rocks into molten copper lava. Two years after China overtook the United States as Africa’s largest trading partner, Kushner brings us inside the world of China’s rise in the continent. 
Kushner's reporting was supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, and his research was advised by faculty at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Grand Prize Winner 
Graduate Longform
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Customer Reviews

Interactive insights

The book was featured in The New York Review. This is a fine job of reporting on a fascinating topic that includes pictures and some video. Highly recommended.

Great book

Great review of China’s presence in Congo. After the reporting on the Western powers in Congo’s diamond mines, this piece really takes on the story with a different perspective.

China's Congo Plan
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  • $2.99
  • Level: Grades 11-17
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Social Science
  • Published: Sep 03, 2013
  • Publisher: Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
  • Seller: Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
  • Print Length: 39 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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