Chargé D’Affaires from the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Ghana, Mr. Jiang Zhouteng says China supports efforts by Ghana’s government to address issues of illegal mining.
He says though the galamsey issue is a complicated one, China does not in any support its nationals who engage in illegalities in foreign countries.
The issue of galamsey has been of great national concern resulting in the implementation of strict measures to reduce the dire threat the trade poses to the environment. Chinese nationals have been in the limelight as major culprits in the destruction of water bodies due to their engagement in illegal mining.
In a brief interaction with the media on the sidelines of a public lecture held by the Confucius Institute of UCC with support from the Confucius Headquarters and the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, Mr. Zhouteng said China supports Ghana in addressing illegal mining within a legal framework with a holistic approach.
“We never encourage or support our Chinese nationals to be engaged in the illegal mining activities. We always require our Chinese nationals to conduct legal and lawful business in this country…we also support the Ghanaian government to address the illegal mining issue in a legal framework”, he said.
Mr. Jiang Zhouteng
He added that with 58 years of diplomatic relations, Ghana and China continue to maintain close high level exchanges and mutual political trust with fruitful economic and trade cooperation.
Mr. Zhouteng revealed that in recent years, the Chinese Embassy in Ghana has issued fifteen thousand visas to Ghanaians with some six hundred and fifty Ghanaian students studying in China. He said this ranks Ghana first among African countries in that regard.
Group photo after the event
Source : ATL FM NEWS