Share this on Twitter Share this on Facebook Share this on LinkedIn Share this on Sina Weibo Share this on Wechat Share this on LinkedIn Luwowo Coltan mine near Rubaya, North Kivu the 18th of March 2014. Credit: MONUSCO/Sylvain Liechti via Flickr China has struck gold in Africa — particularly in the eastern nation Eritrea, where Chinese companies control two mines. Those are just a couple among the many assets Chinese interests now directly own across the vast continent to source commodities such as copper, cobalt and bauxite. The mining sector has long been a major component of China’s investment strategy in Africa, which also takes in building traditional infrastructure such as roads, ports and railways, and — more recently — embedding Huawei’s 5G telecoms equipment. Taking direct ownership of mines reduces China’s reliance on other commodity suppliers, particularly the multinationals that dominate global mining. That’s important given China’s still-high demand for metals: The country consumes roughly half of the world’s copper production each year, for example. But China's push into the African mining industry has brought with it problematic side issues, notably the attention drawn towards the impSubscribe or login to read the rest. Subscribers get full access to: Exclusive longform investigative journalism, Q&As, news and analysis, and data on Chinese business elites and corporations. We publish China scoops you won't find anywhere else. A weekly curated reading list on China from David Barboza, Pulitzer Prize-winning former Shanghai correspondent for The New York Times. A daily roundup of China finance, business and economics headlines. We offer discounts for groups, institutions and students. Go to our Subscriptions page for details.