Mes Aynak saga continues

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by Kendrick Kuo on 8/26/2014 · 1 comment

The Mes Aynak mine in Afghanistan garnered much attention when surveyors discovered cultural artifacts at the site. Not only is the mine a 9,800-acre archeological wonderland, it is the home of 5.5 million metric tons of copper ore. China signed a $3 billion contract with the Afghan government to develop Mes Aynak, but the project remains delayed.

Recently, I spoke with the International Business Times about Mes Aynak mine:

“The delay on the Mes Aynak mine is arguably a wait-and-see tactic to see how the chips fall,” Kuo said. “China can’t help but to be involved in Afghanistan, especially economically, but it is also not as risk-tolerant as some may think,” he said.

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thomas ruttig September 1, 2014 at 5:36 am

re the translation of “mes-e ainak”: it should rather be “well” (ain) than “wall” (which would be “deewar” in dari); i’d translate it “the copper (mine) at the little well/spring”, since “copper well” doesn’t make sense either. the copper does not come from the well.

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