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Two Chinese state-owned mining companies plan to destroy an ancient Buddhist city in Afghanistan in order to get the copper underneath it, according to a new documentary

According to the film "Saving Mes Aynak," Metallurgical Group Corp. (MCC) and Jiangxi Copper are in the initial stages of building an open-pit copper mine 25 miles southeast of Kabul. The location is home to a walled Buddhist city that dates back 5,000 years.

According to the Afghan Ministry of Mines and Petroleum, the site is also home to the world's second-largest copper deposit. China is an importer of copper and a major global refiner of the industrial metal.

In 2007, under the administration of President Hamid Karzai, MCC agreed to pay Afghanistan $3 billion to lease the Mes Aynak area for 30 years.

MCC plans to extract over $100 billion worth of copper deposited directly beneath the Buddhist city, according to the documentary. Archaeologists are trying to save the site.

A spokesman for Afghanistan's Ministry of Mines and Petroleum, Zabih Sarwari, told CNBC that the project is slated to start after the completion of a feasibility study.

"I feel pity if they allow it," said Javed Noorani, formerly of the nonprofit Integrity Watch Afghanistan. "The World Bank, in collaboration with the Afghan government, tried to remove the heritage [site] to safety, but this act in itself is a breach of international standards and laws on archaeology."

About 2,300 items have been removed from the site to National Museum of Afghanistan, said Ministry of Mines spokesman Sarwari.

The residents of at least a dozen villages were permanently cleared out to make way for the mining work, according to the documentary, most of which was filmed in 2013.


http://www.cnbc.com/2017/02/01/china-to-destroy-ancient-buddhist-city-to-mine-copper.html
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"People are worried because they have been displaced without being consulted or their consent sought," said Noorani of Integrity Watch Afghanistan, who called the planned mine a "clear violation of Afghanistan's environmental and social impact assessment standards."

In the film, the deputy president of MCC, Zhengou Liu, claims those villagers were informed in advance, and says that "MCC has outsourced some jobs to Afghan companies and is providing jobs to Afghans."

Brent Huffman, the director of "Saving Mes Aynak," told CNBC that he's skeptical about that claim. "Chinese companies have a history of making big promises to third world countries," he said.

In December, CNBC reported that the Muslim fundamentalist Taliban, which has sought to retake control of Afghanistan since being ousted from power in 2001, was claiming it would not obstruct the copper project.

The Taliban itself has destroyed ancient sites in Afghanistan, on the grounds that they're blasphemous. Most notably, the terrorist group destroyed the famous Buddhas of Bamiyan in 2001.

That destruction drew global condemnation, and the ruins of the site are now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Mes Aynack would qualify as a Heritage site if the government of Afghanistan were to apply for that status, said Silk Road archaeologist and UNESCO advisor Tim Williams.

"This is an outstanding and complex archaeological landscape, with astounding quality of preservation," Williams said.
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Can anybody actually stop them? If the president there doesn't care then I guess its game over
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Fuck China.
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>>107571
Ohh boohooo , they're going to break some rocks and half destroyed statues, big fuckin woop, go somewhere else hippies
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>>107571
Stupid rocks. Blow 'em up and stop wasting resources on them.
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>>107626
>In 2007, under the administration of President Hamid Karzai, MCC agreed to pay Afghanistan $3 billion to lease the Mes Aynak area for 30 years.

>MCC plans to extract over $100 billion worth of copper deposited directly beneath the Buddhist city, according to the documentary. Archaeologists are trying to save the site.

No.
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Why does Chinese hate the Buddhists so much

First Tibet, now this
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>>107831
Sorry babushka, is only business.
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>>107831
Buddhism is considered a piece of the Four Old Things, and Communist china violently opposed anything that was considered old. What's ironic is that they've been doing shit like this for decades, and yet Chinese people area as superstitious as ever, with it being more frequent as you exit the cities.
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>>107836
What are the othet three "old things"?
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>implying iconoclasm isn't always a good thing
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China
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>>107571
Convenient how they left out the part where islam turn the whole city in to a pile of rubble
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>>108034
herrow comrade
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sounds like what corporate run america would do
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>>108036
Hey baby you goat china?
Me goat so horny, she'll love you long time
You party? 100 billion coppa
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>>108017
Political ideologies that aren't communism

Economic systems that actually work

And civilian firearm ownership
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>>108017
Sorry Buddhism isn't a literal piece of the 4 olds, should have made that clear.
The Four Olds refers to Old Culture, Old Habits, Old Customs, and Old Ideas. They were never clearly defined so it's anything the Revolutionaries thought was bad. Stuff like the cemetery of Confucius and old statues were destroyed, parks and landmarks were renamed to reflect the communist government, stuff like that. There has been a movement for restoration, but it's pretty much all talk since they want to do stuff like in the OP.
Buddhism probably falls into Old Culture or Old Ideas.
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>>107571
As a Buddhist, while it is sad to see the city destroyed, in the end its just rocks.
Everything is impermanent, everything changes. Everything that is build will at some point be destroyed and crumble into dust.

The real worry is the enviromental impact. Copper mining is quite destructive for all life in the area. A lot of poison will be released into the ground that can contaminate groundwater or any nearby bodies of water. That water will be used for drinking and cultivating crops wichwill be eaten.
So long term doesnt seem like a good idea. But this wont be stopped anyway.
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>>107743
>>108379
i don't know who is worse, the illiterate redneck or the white guy into eastern religions. i hate americans
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>>108382


Which of the two do you fall into?
Or what do you self identify as?
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>>107571

Fucking commies ruin everything
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>>108555
No. You all do.
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>>108379
>in the end its just rocks
Very practical
>contaminate groundwater...so long term doesnt seem like a good idea
... and civilized
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>>108379
thanks for perspective
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Capitalism at its finest.
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>>108379
And the chinks don't care a single iota about the environment, that's obvious. They're like locusts. As a youngster I heard the term: beware the yellow horde. Now I get it.
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>>107831
Confucianism is preferred by the party, at least it originated in China
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>>107571
This was in the last star wars movie, guys
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I love it, when Trump is pro business it's for "us" but when China does it, its, "fuckin' commies!"

Just take the real "red pill" for glorious communism already, as Chairman Mao said, "Down with the four olds! 四舊"

Fuck this old bullshit, let business thrive! Stop virtue signaling, and if you're really pro economy be consistent. Copper > made up imaginary friend's houses.
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Fucking chink trash. I hope they all die of prolapsed assholes




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