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The Chinese Embassy in Zimbabwe Rallies to Defend Chinese Businesses in Worsening Stand-off With Civil Society Groups

The Chinese embassy in Harare stepped up on Monday to defend Chinese businesses, mostly in the mining sector, against accusations of environmental and social abuse made by a coalition of 27 civil society organizations (CSOs).

The embassy published a lengthy statement on Twitter that aimed to refute the allegations made by the civil society groups who claimed that “Chinese investors have been in a standoff with local communities.” The CSOs also called out some Chinese companies by name including Anjin mining who it alleged has not paid its taxes and Freestone Mines for not conducting environmental impact assessments.

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