- The Chinese government has assured President Akufo-Addo of its support in fighting illegal mining
- President Akufo-Addo revealed this as part of his interaction with Ghanaians in China
- Chinese nationals are reportedly among the majority of foreigners engaged in illegal mining in Ghana
President Akufo-Addo has, after a discussion with his Chinese colleague, Xi Jinping, revealed that the Chinese government does not support illegal mining in Ghana.
He added that he has the full support of the Chinese government with respect to the fight against illegal mining.
In an interaction with the Ghanaian community in China, President Akufo Addo revealed that he has had frank discussions with President Jinping.
“He himself was the first to recognize that Ghanaian laws have every right to deal with people who are involved in illegal activities.
I was very happy about the manner in which he responded, and the assurance that he gave that his compatriots who were engaged in these illegal mining activities will not find any support in this government,” he said.
YEN.com.gh understands that Chinese nationals form a substantial component of people engaged in illegal mining in Ghana, also known as ‘galamsey.’
A number of them have been arrested in the last 18 months after the government launched a significantly more intense campaign against illegal mining than in previous years.
Despite the number of them arrested for illegal mining, President Akufo-Addo assured that they were not being stereotyped.
“We are not acting against Chinese. There is no anti-Chinese policy in Ghana. But we do have a quarrel with those who will get involved in this illegal mining,” he declared.
In April 2017, the Chinese mission in Ghana expressed its displeasure with the way Ghana was dealing with the issue of illegal mining.
It also criticized the media for targeting China in their reportage on the matter.
The mission, in a letter addressed to John Peter Amewu, Ghana’s Former Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, said if nothing changes about the nature of campaigns against illegal mining in the country, bilateral relations between Ghana and China would be affected.
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