Don't blame Chinese alone for galamsey - Chinese Ambassador to Ghanaians

Don't blame Chinese alone for galamsey - Chinese Ambassador to Ghanaians

- The Chinese Ambassador to Ghana, Shi Ting Wang, has said Chinese nationals are not solely to blame for 'galamsey'

- He said Ghanaians must acknowledge their role in the menace if the fight is to be successful

The Chinese Ambassador to Ghana, Shi Ting Wang said his government would aid the Ghanaian government to urgently repatriate any Chinese national found to have been engaged in illegal mining.

The ambassador said the Chinese Embassy and its government were sometimes surprised as to how some Chinese arrested for illegal mining were released back into the country without any communication with the embassy for their repatriation.

Speaking at a lecture organized by the Confucius Institute at the University of Cape Coast on Tuesday, April 16, 2019, Wang said if those arrested for engaging in illegal mining were released without any communication with the embassy, it would be difficult for the embassy and the Chinese government to support efforts of the Ghana government at fighting the galamsey menace.

Don't blame Chinese alone for galamsey - Chinese Ambassador to Ghanaians

Mr Shi presenting a gift to the Director of Confucius Institutes, Ghana Professor Ishmael Mensah after the lecture Source: Graphic.com.gh
Source: UGC

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He said while the Chinese government acknowledged that there were some Chinese nationals engaged in illegal mining activities, they were undoubtedly being assisted by Ghanaians to perpetuate the crime.

He said Ghanaians must acknowledge their role in the menace if the fight was to be successful.

“We don’t know where your gold is. We don’t issue visas too for the Chinese people coming to Ghana. Ghanaians issue the visas. Ghanaians aid the Chinese to where they can find your gold. Why are Chinese not doing illegal mining in South Africa where there is also a lot of gold...because they cannot do that there and the locals don’t support such illegalities,” he stated.

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He emphasized that the Chinese government would not tolerate any of its nationals engaged in illegalities in another country.

He said Ghanaians' role in perpetuating the illegal mining menace had made the fight even more difficult to win.

He further called for tightening of the nation’s border security to help reduce Chinese nationals coming into the country illegally.

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