Ghana arrest of Chinese miners will not harm relations, says foreign ministry

A gold mine in Ghana. Authorities rounded up 202 Chinese nationals who they said were working as illegal small gold producers. Photo: AFP

China is determined that its relations with Ghana will not be undermined by the arrest of some 200 Chinese illegal gold miners in a crackdown by Ghanaian authorities, a senior Beijing foreign ministry official said on Tuesday.

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

Ghana frees all 169 gold miners rounded up in crackdown

Hua Chunying. Photo: SCMP

The central government attached "great importance to Chinese citizens mining gold in Ghana", and had sent a joint investigation team comprising officials from the ministries of foreign affairs, commerce and public security to the West African country to protect their safety and lawful rights, Hua said.

14 Jun 2013 - 4:54am

Easy riches draw illegal Chinese miners to Ghana

Ghana is Africa’s second largest gold producer and has been struggling with the impact of small-scale mining. Photo: AFP

Porous borders, corruption and the chance of riches have helped draw illegal gold miners to Ghana from as far away as China, prompting a crackdown that has so far netted over 150 Chinese, experts say.

13 Jun 2013 - 11:43am

Chinese gold miners released in Ghana

Protesters gather in Shanglin county to demand central government help for relatives caught in strife in Ghana. Photo: SCMP

Ghana has released 124 Chinese gold miners detained by its immigration authorities and has promised to set free the remaining 45 by today, according to the Chinese embassy in the resource-rich West African country.

10 Jun 2013 - 3:47am 4 comments

Embassy vows to aid embattled Chinese gold miners in Ghana

Local workers at a Chinese-run gold mine in Ghana. Photo: SCMP

All Chinese mine workers in Ghana will be given assistance to return home voluntarily, the Chinese embassy in Ghana said yesterday, with the Ghanaian authorities agreeing to stop detaining Chinese on roads between mining sites and the capital, Accra.

8 Jun 2013 - 4:04am

Guangxi protesters demand Beijing aid gold miners caught in Ghana

Protesters gather in Shanglin county to demand central government help for relatives caught in strife in Ghana. Photo: SCMP

Hundreds of residents took to the streets of Shanglin county, Guangxi, yesterday to demand the central government help relatives in Ghana after a series of attacks and looting targeting Chinese gold miners.

7 Jun 2013 - 7:40am 10 comments

Low costs and huge profits irresistible lure for Chinese to mine Ghana's gold

A Chinese man inspects ore at a mine in Ghana. Photo: SCMP

Raymond Xie quit his job as an English teacher at a university in Guangxi early last year to join the gold rush in the west African country of Ghana.

The 41-year-old and his partners spent about 3 million yuan (HK$3.76 million) establishing a small mine in Obuasi, in the Ashanti region, and set about making a fortune.

7 Jun 2013 - 3:42am

Chinese gold miners abused and raped Ghanaians, says online report

Local workers at a Chinese-run gold mine in Ghana in this undated photo. SCMP Pictures

Chinese gold miners arrested this week in a raid in Ghana have been accused of raping and abusing locals.

A first-person account making the allegations emerged on China’s social media on Thursday after some web users speculated that Ghana police had mistreated the miners amid a crackdown.

6 Jun 2013 - 4:05pm 3 comments

Gold mine raids in Ghana seize 124 suspected illegal Chinese workers

Chinese miners' gold rush in Ghana. Photo: SCMP

Police are rounding up Chinese workers suspected of illegally mining for gold in the resource-rich African country of Ghana. Witnesses said armed officers raided mines, supermarkets and hotels in Kumasi, Obuasi and Dunkwa in the Ashanti region of the west African country, where Chinese run the majority of the small and medium gold mines.

6 Jun 2013 - 11:38am 4 comments

Quest for gold in African mud

Illustration: Emilio Rivera

A gold rush in the resource-rich west African country of Ghana, led by an estimated 50,000 Chinese prospectors, is threatening to turn nasty amid allegations of illegal mining and escalating ethnic tensions.

6 Jun 2013 - 3:50am

The Guangxi miners in Ghana gold rush

Artisanal miners dig for gold in an open-pit concession in western Ghana. Photo: Reuters

Chinese President Xi Jinping ended his six-day visit to Africa on a high note, leaving behind signed deals and warm pledges. The Republic of Congo was his final stop, after Tanzania and South Africa. He’s committed to a river port in Oyo, Congolese President Denis Sassou Nguesso's hometown, and a sea port in Pointe-Noire for exporting mineral ore.

4 Jun 2013 - 5:13am 1 comment

Guangxi villagers strike gold to the tune of 1b yuan in Ghana with secret method

The "Shanglin gang's" success in Ghana is reported in the Chinese media. Photo: Screenshot via Weibo

Scores of villagers from a small town in China’s southern Guangxi province have struck gold worth more than 1 billion yuan in Ghana - but they're keeping their method a secret, reported the 21st Century Business Herald.

16 May 2013 - 1:32pm 2 comments

Chinese condom maker barred over concerns in Africa

A woman browses items for sale beside a shelf of condoms at a supermarket in Beijing. Photo: AFP

Henan authorities have ordered a condom maker to suspend sales of its products, recently found to be problematic in Ghana, because they could tarnish the reputation of Chinese exports to Africa. The Henan Food and Drug Administration launched a product quality probe and banned the sale of condoms made by the Xibei Latex Company.

25 Apr 2013 - 3:59am

Influx of illegal Chinese gold miners creates tension in Ghana

Workers at one of Ghana's small-scale gold mines, which account for nearly a quarter of the nation's output. Most such mines are thought to be illegal. Photo: Reuters

Huang Renzhong's striped parasol stands out against the muddy cliff of excavated earth.

The horizon is fringed with the tall trees of the Ghanaian rainforest, but for Huang, this dilapidated shelter is his only shade from the sweltering tropical sun.

25 Apr 2013 - 4:18am

Ghana seizes a million faulty Chinese condoms

Ghana is facing a "major public health issue" after condoms made in China and supplied to the west African country's health service were found to contain holes and burst easily.

19 Apr 2013 - 2:59am