- Chinese nationals are heavily involved with the galamsey activities in Ghana
-Ghanaian businessmen in China now allegedly experiencing harassment from officials in China
-They believe the actions are in retaliation to government clampdown of Chinese illegal miners in Ghana
There have been reports of alleged harassment of Ghanaian businessmen in China by officials, following the clampdown of illegal mining by Chinese nationals in Ghana.
Ghanaian traders in China have complained of negative attitudes by he Chinese officials, lamenting the disrespect they experience at the airports, with some of them having their goods inbound for Accra confiscated without reasons.
According to a report by Joy News, over the last three weeks, a significant consignment of goods headed to Accra have been seized and impounded.
One of the affected businessmen spoke anonymously to Joy News, stating that their goods were being seized constantly without reason.
"I thought it was a generalized tightening of all their grips till an incident we had just about three weeks ago. At the last minute Chinese government comes, uses their China customs and just confiscates goods bound for Accra alone. I have had to follow them myself, every other day, and it is the same story," he said.
Some of the affected businessmen believe that this sudden activity by the Chinese officials is a form of retaliation following the recent head-on campaign against the illegal mining activity.
Government has given the miners involved in the galamsey operations up to the end of the next 24 hours to end all their mining activities or face seizure of their equipment.
This development along with the aggressive public and media campaign to end the mining menace that has severely damaged parts of Ghana's natural resources has pushed the Chinese government to warn of a disagreement between both countries if Ghana's actions are found unfavorable.
However, President Akufo-Addo has said that Ghana and China will still enjoy a cordial relationship even as the fight against the illegal mining continues.
According to him, the country is welcoming of Chinese nationals but the laws of the land will still be strictly enforced in relation to foreign traders and their activities.