MAC/20: Mines and Communities

China update

Published by MAC on 2007-02-16


China update

16th Feburary 2007

It may not happen, may be a drop in the ocean, while (to some) it will be further evidence of the authoritarian nature of the regime.

However, the Chinese administration's readiness to cancel environmentally damaging mining/minerals projects stands in striking contrast to the failure of some, more democratic, governments to do the same.

Will the decision to also close small coal-fired power plants have the desired effects - even if it could be achieved?

Meanwhile, with some six hundred new mineral deposits allegedly "discovered" in Tibet, we may doubt whether the regime's geo-political "march to the west" will be hampered.

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