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Biden turns to Africa to counter China

by Siddhi Ashar, Jan 27
1 minute read

The U.S. wants to disrupt the export flow to China by investing in Congo and Zambia to not only extract minerals but also process, manufacture and assemble them into batteries and help the United States meet its domestic supply goals.

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So what?

Labor abuses are well known in the Congolese cobalt sector, which provides 70 percent of the world’s supply. Both Amnesty International and the U.S. Labor Department have documented human rights violations such as forced child labor. Could the US’s increased involvement influence and demand better labour conditions or exacerbate the issue and focus solely on meeting demand?



by Siddhi Ashar Spotted 49 signals

With a background in international studies and filmmaking, Siddhi works with the Futures Centre team to creatively push our current imaginaries and create more positive visions of futures rooted in equity. Her works centers around challenging common narratives and working agilely to bring forth more representative ones. Through her role at the Futures Centre, she focuses on the answering the question, how can better climate communication and visioning help stakeholders work together and act intently, empathetically and urgently?

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