Mining tragedy casts shadow over industrialising Tibetan plateau


April 7, 2013 10:52 am

[By Gabriel Lafitte / China Dialogue]

Expansion of mining projects in Tibet is being questioned after the latest tragedy at the Gyama copper and gold mine

There has been an upsurge in mining activities in Tibet in recent years (Image by Reurinkjan)

China’s tragic record of sacrificing human lives for the profits of mining companies has now touched Tibet.

The 83 miners, mostly Han emigrants to Tibet, who died in the foreseeablecollapse of the Gyama copper/gold mine (Jiama in Chinese) are the latest wasted lives across China. Most of the victims were from poor villages in Guizhou province. Even unskilled mine work requires literacy in Chinese, which few Tibetans have.