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Violence rocks Chinese mine in Kyrgyzstan (2)

(Global Times)

09:09, October 26, 2012

"The current conditions cannot guarantee there will be a steady revenue stream," Li said.

The mine employs about 300 Chinese workers and some 260 local workers.

Li said many people in the area feel they are not getting a fair share of the benefits from mining and they are frustrated with the foreign firms.

In 2011, Altynken Limited Liability Company sold the mine to Zijin for $660 million.

More than 50 Chinese mining companies have set up operations in Kyrgyzstan since 2009, according to statistics from the Chinese embassy in Kyrgyzstan.

The embassy said the protests at Taldy-Bulak Levoberejny have ended and the company has sent representatives to the area to negotiate with the locals.

Operations at the mine have not yet resumed and the 300 Chinese workers have been moved to another village.

RIA Novosti reported the protests sent two locals to hospital and eight were arrested.

The embassy also said the dispute is a result of a number of complicated issues in Kyrgyzstan and were not targeting Chinese firms alone.

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