What the regime, their devotees and even Xinfa Group officials conveniently turn a blind eye to is China's appalling track record in the ill-treatment of their workers as well as their shoddy safety standards such as in Zambia and China.
writer : MAIKA BOLATIKI
Mining operations at the bauxite mine at Nawailevu in Bua, start today soon after the official opening by the Prime Minister, Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama.
“Mining by Aurum Exploration Fiji Limited will begin tomorrow (today) at Nawailevu, Bua, soon after the opening,” the Permanent Secretary for Lands and Mineral Resources, Filimoni Kau said.
Mr Kau said an eight-member delegation from the company’s parent body from China arrived in the country yesterday with Fiji’s Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, Commodore Esala Teleni.
The vice-president - Xinfa China, Liu Jijun is part of the team together with the assistance Governor of Shandong Zhou Qi.
Mr Kau said the group flew to Savusavu yesterday,
Last night the group was hosted to a cocktail party by Ambassador Teleni, Mr Kau and Commissioner Northern Lieutenant-Colonel Ilai Moceica in honour of the opening of the Nawailevu Bauxite Mine at the Savusavu Hotsprings Hotel.
The Chinese Ambassador to Fiji Huang Yong will also be at the opening. Mr Kau confirmed that all the infrastructure works had been completed.
He said the first shipment of bauxite to China would be made early next year.