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China Update

Published by MAC on 2006-03-22


China Update

22nd March 2006

In a new report, pointing to "contradictions" in China's coal "safety" policy, Hong Kong-based China Labour Bulletin calls for a new workers' organisation which would break down the "fortress mentality" of both officials and mine owners.

China's top environmental body has released what China Watch in Beijing terms a "tentative" proposal for public participation in assessing the impacts of future projects. But it's still a long, long march away from enabling communities to exercise any degree of prior informed consent.

After failing to take over Canada's oldest mining company, Noranda, in 2005, China's state-owned Minmetals has set up a new joint venture with South Korea's Korea Resources Corporation.

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