OVERVIEW The Republic of the Congo is a former French colony that gained independence in August 1960. Not to be confused with its neighbor, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the Republic of Congo is often referred to as Congo-Brazzaville, after the name of its capital city. The Congo Republic was officially Marxist until the early 1990s and cultivated ties with the former Soviet Union. It still maintains a military relationship with France. China has increasingly invested in...
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