Indonesia warns of tough response after Papuan rebels threaten Freeport

Indonesia’s military said on Friday it was prepared to take tough measures against rebels who have threatened to “destroy” mining operations of Freeport-McMoRan Inc in the eastern province of Papua in their struggle for independence. Police say an armed separatist group linked to the Free Papua Movement (OPM) is preventing about 1,000 people in five[…]

Armed separatists occupy villages near Freeport's Indonesia mine

Armed separatists have occupied five villages in Indonesia’s Papua province, threatening to disrupt Freeport-McMoRan Inc’s giant Grasberg copper mine, which has already been hit this year by labor unrest and a dispute over operating rights. A state of emergency has been declared and around 300 additional security forces have been deployed to the mining area[…]

Australia notified China of Adani coal mine approvals in letter

SYDNEY, Oct 26 (Reuters) – Australian politicians told China of government approvals for a controversial A$16.5-billion ($13-billion) coal mine project being built by Indian conglomerate Adani Enterprises, a panel of senators heard on Thursday. Thousands of people turned out across Australia this month to protest against the project in northeastern Queensland state, which Adani has[…]

Chinese coal imports from North Korea plummet

According to Chinese customs data released on Tuesday, the country imported 512,000 tonnes of coal – mainly the steelmaking variety – from North Korea in September. Volumes were down 71.6% from the same month last year as Beijing institutes the latest round of UN  sanctions on the rogue regime. While the UN Security Council ban on Pyongyang’s sale of[…]

China bought tonnes of North Korean coal

North Korea’s biggest trading partner imported 1.64 million tonnes of coal in August, despite a supposed embargo imposed by Beijing to comply with the UN sanctions aimed at stopping Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions. According to CNN, even though China announced in February that it would halt all coal shipments from its smaller neighbour through the end[…]