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China in Africa: The Real Story

China International Fund & Zimbabwe's Diamonds

Deborah Brautigam

South African journalist Khadija Sharife's article "Disappearing Diamonds" shines a spotlight on the links between the notorious Hong Kong company known as China International Fund (aka the 88 Queensway Group headed by Sam Pa) and the exploitative tragedy of the Marange diamond fields in Zimbabwe. Copiously documented and a fascinating, detailed read.

Khadija's focus on CIF should not obscure the fact that other foreign companies are actively exploiting the Marange diamond fields, including South Africa's New Reclamation Group. Apparently Diamond Mining Corporation and Mdaba Resources also have foreign investors as partners. Which countries do these firms call home? I tried to find out by using google but drew a blank. Does anyone else know?