Archive for July 6, 2010

Chinese “Bauxite” Mining on Vietnamese Land

Posted in Economics, Politics, Society with tags , , , , , on July 6, 2010 by Ian Pham

For nearly three years now, since late 2007, the Vietnamese Communist Party has been allowing the Chinese government to undergo several mining projects on Vietnamese land.  These “Bauxite” mining projects are taking place in the Central Highlands of Vietnam, where many Vietnamese farmers were living before.  The mining project has devastated and continues to devastate the environment in these regions and the people that live there.

The tea, coffee, and crop plantations that were previously in this region have been replaced by factories and power plants, causing tremendous pollution to the the area.  As a result, the farmers of these crops have lost both their jobs and their homes.  Many of the trees and forests in these areas have been torn down to make space for more factories and equipment, further destroying the habitat and wildlife in that area.  The lakes where farmers once irrigated their crops are now being used to store “red mud,” toxic waste generated by the Chinese mining company.

General Vo Nguyen Giap strongly opposes the bauxite mining projects.

The “Bauxite” mining projects have been widely protested among the Vietnamese population.  Many environmentalists, scientists, and even army officials oppose the mining projects, but the most prominent voice of all comes from the famous General Vo Nguyen Giap, one of the original founders of the Vietnamese Communist Party.  Sending letters to the current Communist Party of Vietnam on three separate occasions, General Giap condemned the projects, pointing out the detrimental consequences that bauxite mining will have on Vietnam’s environment, economy, and population.  His words however, have been ignored by the new leaders of the Vietnamese Communist Party.

It is obvious that these current Vietnamese “leaders” are allowing these projects to continue due to the pressures of the Chinese government.  They claim that it’s a joint project with both Vietnamese and Chinese companies.  If that were true, then why do the Vietnamese companies also protest to this mining project?  Also, why are these detrimental and environmentally damaging projects only taking place on Vietnamese soil?  Finally, if this was a joint project, then why are the majority of the workers on this site coming from China?  The Chinese are aiming to destroy Vietnamese land and the Vietnamese government is letting them do it.

Bauxite mining is one of the biggest problems in Vietnam today and is one of the hot topics among Vietnamese bloggers.  The government cowards are trying everything in their power to silence these voices of discontent among the population.  However, the resentment is still there, and the people continue to oppose these bauxite mining projects.  Guess what happens to bloggers in Vietnam who bring up the bauxite mining projects?  That’s right, jail!