China does not support ‘Chinese galamseyers’ – President

President Akufo-Addo with Chinese Premier, Li Keqiang

President Akufo-Addo with Chinese Premier, Li Keqiang

President Nana Akufo-Addo has said the Chinese government is fully backing his administration’s uncompromising stance towards illegal mining.

Speaking at a meeting with the Ghanaian community in China as part of his visit to that country, President Akufo-Addo said he had been able to hold frank discussions with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the matter.


“He [Xi Jinping] himself was the first to recognise that Ghanaian laws have every right to deal with people who are involved in illegal activities.”

“I was very happy about the manner in which he [Xi Jinping] responded and the assurance that he gave that those of his compatriots who were engaged in these illegal mining activities will not find any support in this government.”

Chinese nationals are known to be one of the main culprits in illegal mining in Ghana.

Scores of them have been arrested in the last 18 months after the government launched a significantly more intense campaign against illegal mining than in previous years.

Despite scores of Chinese being arrested for illegal mining, President Akufo-Addo assured that Chinese nationals were not being stereotyped.

“We are not acting against Chinese. There is no anti-Chinese policy in Ghana. But we do have a quarrel with those who will get involved in this illegal mining.”


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