China Metallurgical Corp of China (MCC) mining company will open an office in the Afghan capital, Kabul by the end of this month, local media reported quoting officials as saying on Saturday.
Afghanistan has a large number of mines and intact natural resources, including lithium reserves, as well as other valuable resources.
China is eyeing nearly USD 1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits in Afghanistan after the Taliban took over the war -torn country.
Five Chinese companies obtained special visas and arrived in Afghanistan last year in November to conduct inspections at potential lithium project sites.
Esmatullah Burhan, a spokesman for the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum, said the leadership of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) had evaluated the Mes Aynak copper project agreement and found no problems, Ariana News replied.
Burhan said mining at Mes Aynak in Logar province would start soon.
The Mes Aynak site stores 11.08 million tonnes of copper, according to MCC estimates.
Meanwhile, Afghan authorities say that China is interested in Afghanistan’s mining sector more than any other country, Ariana News reported.
The Taliban took over Afghanistan after entering Kabul in August 2021, leading to the collapse of the Ashraf Ghani-led government and mass evacuations.
For most of the 19th century, the Russian and British empires clashed over Afghanistan in what became known as the Great Game. Geopolitical competition recognizes Afghanistan’s strategic position, and its potential to influence South Asia.
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