Rescue work has resumed at the site of a disaster-struck mine near Lhasa after being suspended on Monday due to the risk of further landslides. The bodies of 59 of the 83 workers buried last Friday have now been recovered. China...
by Samuel Wade | Jul 15, 2011
The Los Angeles Times reports the impending destruction of a 5th Century Buddhist monastery in Afghanistan to make way for a Chinese copper mine. “As an archaeologist, of course I’m worried about this,” said...
by Samuel Wade | Jun 30, 2011
Reuters reports the outbreak of further unrest in Inner Mongolia, with herders beaten and detained after protesting they expansion of a lead mine. The New York-based Southern Mongolian Human Rights Information Center said the...
by Sophie Beach | Dec 29, 2010
Illegal mine owners are taking advantage of rising demand for gold, and surging prices, and exploiting the migrant workers who find work in the dangerous mines. From Bloomberg: Trade volume on the Shanghai Gold Exchange, set up...
by Sophie Beach | Nov 2, 2009
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...
by Sophie Beach | Jul 20, 2009
Danwei points us to a report from China Radio International about a case in Shaanxi in which two local teachers were forced to suspend their classes in order to prevent relatives from petitioning against illegal mines in their...
by Morgan Figuers | Apr 3, 2008
Another Chinese bank is considering investing in South Africa. From IC Publications: A major, but unidentified Chinese bank is in talks to buy a stake in South Africa’s second-largest lender First National Bank, the...
by Kate Zhao | Jul 28, 2007
From Associated Press via The News tribune: Mine runoff spilled into a central Chinese river, temporarily cutting off drinking water to more than 200,000 people, a state news agency reported. The runoff from a lead-zinc mine polluted the Zijiang river in Hunan province on Thursday, cutting off supplies to the riverside city of Lengshuijiang and […]
by Sophie Beach | Jun 28, 2007
The BBC reports that Hou Zhenrun, the owner of the mine where newspaper employee Lan Chengzhang was beaten to death in January, was sentenced to life in prison. SIx other mine employees were also sentenced: Five men were given sentences of between five to 15 years in jail for carrying out the attack, while another […]
by Mo Ming | Nov 26, 2006
From BBC: Explosions in two coal mines at opposite ends of China have killed at least 53 workers and injured many more. A gas explosion on Saturday in Jixi, in Heilongjiang province in the north-east, killed 21 miners, said the official news agency Xinhua. A few hours later, a similar explosion killed 32 miners in […]
by Sophie Beach | Jan 3, 2006
From the AP, via the Guardian: Small, privately owned and worked by moonlighting farmers, the coal mine in central China’s Xin’an County was like hundreds throughout the country. And, like thousands of Chinese miners, those below ground faced the daily danger of injury or death. On Dec. 2, a nearby river overflowed, sending water pouring […]
by Sophie Beach | Apr 26, 2005
From ABC (Australia): The death toll from a factory explosion in Zambia has jumped to 50, as the Government accuses the mine’s Chinese owners of treating staff like pigs. Rescue workers have recovered a mass of body parts from the site of the blast at an explosives factory at the Chambishi copper mine north of […]
by Xiao Qiang | Nov 5, 2004
From People’s Daily: “The State Administration of Work Safety reports that in the first nine months of 2004, 4,153 people died in mining accidents, a figure that the administration admits may be low because of cover-ups or inaccurate reporting. Reports of coal mine accidents are so frequent they seem commonplace, but the quick succession of […]