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Violence rocks Chinese mine in Kyrgyzstan

(Global Times)

08:17, October 26, 2012

Chinese businesses in Kyrgyzstan are hoping the outwardly harmonious international relations between the governments of the two countries can start to focus on the tense reality on the ground following a violent confrontation between local villagers and Chinese workers at a gold mine in the Central Asian nation.

Around 450 villagers living near Taldy-Bulak Levoberejny gold mine threatened Monday to destroy the offices of the Chinese company exploiting the resource, reported the Russian news agency RIA Novosti.

The protest was triggered by an accident in which a villager's horse was killed by an excavator driven by a Chinese worker, but resentment appears to have been building ever since Zijin Mining Group from Fujian Province bought the mine in August 2011.

"It is very hard for Chinese firms to do business in Kyrgyzstan, because regulations are a mess and other pressures from the public," the head of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce in Kyrgyzstan, who only gave his surname Li, told the Global Times.

Li also suggested that Chinese mining companies should reconsider doing business in Kyrgyzstan.

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