A week of mining protests subside in Guinea following China’s $20 billion loan to secure bauxite reserves

China has focused on West Africa and Guinea to satisfy its appetite for bauxite. The Republic is one of the world’s least developed nations but its mining sector looks set to boost local income. It is the world’s largest exporter of bauxite and the country has huge reserves of iron ore. Bauxite is an industrial ore that is first refined into alumina, also known as aluminium oxide, and then smelted into aluminium