This is an old saying that a child calls “dad” the man who marries his mother.
The clash between China and the West over the D. R. Congo minerals is pretty tangible and is no secret. Politically, the clash seems to be over who should influence the D. R. Congo. The West rejects the deal between the D. R. Congo and China, which stipulates that China will tap tons of the Congo mineral worth billions of dollars. Some estimates the cost to almost 90 billions of dollars. In exchange, China will build the Congo infrastructure, schools, hospitals and roads. Other estimates the investment to only 10 to 15 billions dollars. The Bretton Wood institutions argue that the D. R. Congo is accumulating more debt, therefore they refuse to cancel the D. R. Congo old debt of about 10 billion dollars. China objects that the D. R. Congo has not taken any debt. Instead, it has entered a win-win deal with China. China seems surprised that the West is preventing it from accessing the Congo resources while no one prevents the west from tapping resources elsewhere on the globe. The Congolese government perceives the deal with China as a great investment in the infrastructure and demands instead that the West cancels the old debt.