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Top Australian Official to Visit Ghana Amid Bitter Sino-Aussie Mining Controversy

Australian Assistant Foreign Minister Tim Watts will travel to Ghana to try and resolve a bitter three-way dispute involving the Ghanaian government and two mining companies from Australia and China. Image via @TimWattsMP.

Australia’s Assistant Foreign Minister Tim Watts will travel to Ghana later this month to personally intervene in a rapidly escalating three-way controversy involving the Ghanaian government and a pair of mining companies from Australia and China.

Last week, the Sydney Morning Herald revealed that Australian miner Cassius was preparing to launch a $395 million action against the Ghanaian government in the London Court of International Arbitration, claiming that it allowed a Chinese mining company to steal millions of dollars in gold from a Cassius-owned mining concession.

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