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In depth: Newly opened Congo mine feeds China's vast hunger for copper

Prices spiking along with demand as nation's economy recovers from COVID-19

The Kakula Copper Mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The proportion of China’s total overseas mining exploration investment going to Canada, Australia and Southeast Asia declined significantly from 2011 to 2020, while investment in Africa and Latin America increased from 10.1% to 18.7% during the same period. (Photo by ivanhoemines.com)

The first shipment of copper ore from the Kamoa-Kakula mine in the southern Democratic Republic of Congo is expected to arrive in China this month after traveling overland to the South African port of Durban.

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