Labourers work to drain sewage water from a leaked sewage tank at a copper mine in Shanghang, Fujian province. China’s mining industry is notorious for its environmental damage, and the pollution is usually irreversible. Photo: Reuters

Beijing’s mineral export taxes show its duty to the environment

Albert Sun and Zhigang Tao say export duties which China is imposing on key commodities are probably not intended as protectionist measures

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Labourers work to drain sewage water from a leaked sewage tank at a copper mine in Shanghang, Fujian province. China’s mining industry is notorious for its environmental damage, and the pollution is usually irreversible. Photo: Reuters
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