- China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has warned Chinese citizens who work at illegal gold mining sites in Ghana
- The Chinese government has said it would not protect any of its nationals, should they be arrested
China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has warned Chinese citizens who work at gold mines in Ghana, of not being protected by their home country if they get snared in a crackdown on illegal mining.
Some Chinese citizens had been detained for working at Ghanaian gold mines illegally.
Although Ghana allows licensed companies to do small-scale gold mining, “it’s still illegal for foreigners” to work in the sector, “and they will not be protected by Ghanaian laws”, the ministry said on Monday, April 22, 2019, on the Chinese social media app, WeChat.
China’s embassy in Ghana alerted miners at the start of the new year that they faced the possibility of being arrested as the local government stepped up its crackdown on foreign operations.
An official from the embassy’s consular affairs department, who declined to be identified, said he could not say more about the matter.
The ministry’s consular affairs’ media centre in Beijing could not be reached for comment.
YEN.com.gh earlier reported the Chinese Ambassador saying, 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.
He 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.
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