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Heated Confrontation Between Chinese Businesses and Civil Society Groups Intensifies in Zimbabwe

A simmering conflict between a coalition of 27 civil society groups in Zimbabwe and Chinese enterprises, mostly mining companies, boiled over late last week when organizations representing both sides published scathing statements about each other.

The primary complaint by the civil society groups relates to longstanding grievances around the well-documented environmental and social impact of Chinese mining companies on rural communities.

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