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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...

Chinese Company to Mine 2600-Year-Old Buddhist Site

In Afghanistan, the world’s largest second largest copper deposit sits below a sacred Buddhist site, which contains more than 200 statues and a 100-acre monastery complex. The site is now in danger of being destroyed by...

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...

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 Sees A Role Amid Pakistan-U.S. Rift

News of Osama Bin Laden’s death has also revealed the tensions between the U.S.-Pakistani government. China sees this as a strategic opportunity to step in and pursue closer relations with Pakistan. China’s ultimate...

As US Fights, China Spends to Gain Afghan Foothold

The Washington Post reports on China’s investment in Afghanistan: As the U.S. and its NATO allies fight to stabilize Afghanistan, China has expanded its economic footprint with several high-profile investments and...

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...

China Group Wins Afghan Copper Rights – Jon Boone and Geoff Dyer

From The Financial Times: A state-owned Chinese company has won the right to develop a large copper deposit in Afghanistan after agreeing to invest $3bn (‚Ǩ2.02bn, ¬£1.45bn) in the project, the Afghan mines minister announced on Tuesday. The deal is the largest foreign investment in Afghanistan’s history and will give China Metallurgical Group (MCC) the […]

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