Inner Mongolian mine developers, known to have exploration rights but no mining rights, have been asked to leave the autonomous region’s environmentally sensitive conservation areas and expelled from the site of their projects. Those that have been able to obtain mining rights appear to be safe for the moment but may also face the risk of expulsion in future. Mine projects outside of the conservation areas have been unaffected.
Roskill view: Although similar mining policies are being carried our nationwide, the ability to enforce these policies varies widely at a province, or even regional, level. Inner Mongolia is believed to be one of the strictest areas of China, especially inside its conservation areas. Current policy is unlikely to encourage new mine developments in certain areas of Inner Mongolia and may restrict future production growth in the region.