China angry with zambian regime

China’s foreign ministry says Zambia has failed to provide strong proof following the detention of 31 Chinese citizens over illegal mining.
Director-General of the Department of African Affairs of the Foreign Ministry, Lin Songtian told a Zambian diplomat in Beijing that China understands and supports actions to crack down on illegal mining, the ministry said in a statement late on Sunday.
According to Lin, among those detained without proof is a pregnant woman and two others with Malaria.
“China expresses serious concern and resolute opposition to this,” the ministry cited Lin as saying.
China hoped that Zambia could handle the incident appropriately and as soon as possible, and release those who are innocent, Lin said.
Chinese companies have invested more than $1 billion in copper-rich Zambia but there has been animosity, with some Zambian workers accusing firms of abuses and underpaying.
In 2012, Zambian miners killed a Chinese supervisor and seriously wounded another in a pay dispute at a coal mine.

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