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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.

Sunday, March 28, 2004

China To Shut Down Shady Mines


China Daily:

Mining Tragedies"The Ministry of Land and Resources on Friday launched a national campaign to shut down coal mines that cause pollution or those without licences."

In light of the upwards of 10,000 miners that die annually in China's private coal mines and the enormous degradation to the environment coal production and consumption causes such a move is welcomed.

China however has a history of promising these coal mining reforms especially after a spate of Coal mining accidents but rarely follows through. Coal providing about 75% of China's energy requirements and working at capacity is just too important to the government for them to take the measures needed.