Africa : China under attack

(The Globe and Mail) Illegal mining has proved a disaster for both China and Ghana. China has protested against the killing of a 16-year-old Chinese during a raid by the Ghanaian authorities at a mine in Ghana.



Chinese run mines face environmental issues; poor and unsafe working conditions, low salaries and child labour problems because they use Ghanaian children.


Ghana is attractive for its gold and entrepreneurial Chinese miners are playing a growing role because of their access to imported Chinese machinery that enables them to extract gold from riverbeds more efficiently.


Ghana has deported and imprisoned Chinese miners to curb illegal mining. Beijing feels that he Ghana government should start from the source of the issue, crack down severely on the middlemen, the traffickers and the illegal miners, and curb their illegal activities instead of just arresting victim Chinese citizens.



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