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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.

Monday, November 22, 2004

When Will It Stop!

China Mining Tragedy33 Dead; 28 still trapped in yet another Chinese Coal Mining disaster.

The accident (I hesitate in using the word "accident") has occurred in the mines in Zhangzhuang Village of Shahe, a city in southern Hebei 420 kilometres from Beijing and 137 kilometres from Shijiazhuang, capital of the province.

These are not accidents; these are "acceptable" losses.

This is the price China is willing to pay, in human lives, to feed it's insatiable appetite for energy.

For the Chinese government knows the state of it's mining industry, knows the risks to life and limb that, each day, Chinese miners face and is prepared to accept this trade off in human life for maximum production to feed the electricity grids of Chinese domestic and commercial demand.

When will western consumers, both state and individuals, realise the true cost of the "cheap" goods they purchase bearing the words "Made In China" and take appropriate action either to boycott Chinese goods until the Chinese Communist Party acts or help to fix the problem by investment in training and infrastructure?

"Mine blaze kills 33, leaves 28 trapped" China Daily 22/11/04