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China Letter-News and Human Rights

China human rights news with focus on the Uygur of Xinjiang, Tibetans and Tibet, Chinese mining workers, religion, corruption and censorship.

Wednesday, March 31, 2004

Are they Mad?

FT.com / World:

China Mining Tragedy "The European Union has warned China that it must revoke restrictions on exports of coking coal, designed to protect the Chinese steel industry, or risk a trade dispute."

Have I spent too many hours in front of a computer screen?

Am I beginning to imagine things?

The EU wants China to export more coke because coke prices in the world are going up due to a lack of supply and this is hurting European Industry.

China can not meet it's own demand. To try to even do that means mines are working when they should be closed down due to safety reasons.

Upwards to 10,000 Chinese per annum lose their lives working in "Dickensian" conditions may others are injured or crippled and The EU wants more coke ?

Do these people not read papers?

Have they no experts to advise them?

Have they no BRAINS?