On 7 June, CSIS published this case study which explores how Chinese diplomatic, regulatory, financial, and commercial actors work in concert to secure critical minerals in the West African nation of Guinea. Efforts in Guinea to mine bauxite and iron ore, the primary inputs for aluminium and steel, illuminate Beijing’s conduits for influencing and supporting its geo-economic objectives.  Examining one key Chinese player in Guinea’s mining sector, this study highlights state actors’ connections with nominally private Chinese companies and the importance of partnerships with state-owned enterprises for building costly infrastructure.  Across multiple bauxite and iron ore mining ventures, Chinese diplomatic support and state financing provided conduits to help further favoured projects and increase Chinese companies’ access to Guinea’s mining industries.

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Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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