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Chinese Mine Threatens Afghan Buddhist Site

In Afghanistan, a planned Chinese mine at the site of the world’s second largest deposit of copper is threatening an ancient Buddhist settlement including the remains of a 100-acre monastery. Archeologists are currently...

China’s Part in Afghanistan Mining Boom

A New York Times article on the rush for Afghanistan’s estimated trillion-dollar natural resources includes details of Chinese companies’ involvement. Already this summer, the China National Petroleum Corporation, in...

Chinese Manager Killed at Zambian Mine

One Chinese manager has been killed and two injured at a copper mine in Zambia where 11 local workers were shot in 2010. From The Wall Street Journal: Scores of irate coal miners on Saturday attacked their supervisors after...

Peruvian Town May Move for Chinese Mine

While protesters appear to have staved off a planned copper plant in Shifang, Sichuan, a Chinese mining company plans to relocate an entire town which sits atop a major copper deposit in the mountains of Peru. Residents have...

Imperiled Buddhas and Sino-Afghan Relations

By investing heavily in the reconstruction of Afghanistan, China has extended its political influence in the war-torn country, and secured some of the resources needed to fuel its own rapid development. In 2007, state-owned...

China Critic Wins Zambian Election

Africa’s largest copper producer has elected and sworn in a new president, “anti-China” candidate Michael Sata. During his campaign, Sata accused Chinese mining companies of exploitation, while decrying the...

China Willing to Spend Big on Afghan Commerce

The New York Times reports on China’s efforts to extract copper from Afghan mines, “by far the largest foreign investment project in war-torn Afghanistan”: Two years ago, the China Metallurgical Group...

Two Die in Attack on Chinese-owned Mine in Peru

Reuters reports that two workers died and several disappeared in an armed attack on the controversial Chinese-owned Rio Blanco copper project in northern Peru: About 15 to 20 armed people invaded the mining camp on Sunday and...

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