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A Chinese Mining Company in the DRC Pushes Back Against “Unverified Media Reports” That It Polluted the Environment

File image of a Xiangjiang mining facility in Tshopo province in the DR Congo.

The Chinese-owned Xiangjiang Mining Company is attempting to reverse last August’s decision by DR Congo Deputy Prime Minister Ève Bazaïba to revoke the firm’s two mining licenses in central Tshopo province. The company was among a number of Chinese mining companies that were banned from operating due to purported illegal activities ranging from mining without a permit to polluting the environment.

Last week, the company rejected Bazaïba’s decision and said in a statement published in both French and Chinese that none of its “personnel have ever violated the law” and that it’s a victim of “false reports” by the local media.

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