The Chinese embassy in Harare responded late last week to the Zimbabwean government’s surprise decision to ban all mining activities in the country’s five national parks and in most river beds. Although Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa did not mention China by name when announcing the government’s new policies, the new policies appeared to be a reaction to the uproar over the news that a pair of Chinese mining companies had begun coal exploration in the Hwange national park.
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