Vietnam launches second Chinese-run bauxite project
Hanoi - Vietnam has broken ground on a second Chinese-run bauxite mine and aluminum-refining project in the central highlands, state media reported Monday. Minister Nguyen Tan Dung attended a ceremony Sunday for the Nhan Co refinery in the province of Dak Nong, the state-run Vietnam News reported.
he project will be built and run by Chinese state-owned aluminum company Chalieco.
The first Chinese-run bauxite and aluminum project began operations in 2008 in the neighboring province of Lam Dong.
The projects are controversial due to environmental impact and national security implications. Revered General Vo Nguyen Giap has written several open letters protesting on national-security grounds, while scientists' groups object to environmental degradation.
Dung said the project was needed for economic development in the central highlands.
Deutche Presse Agentur - March 1st, 2010