The Trump administration has accused China’s mining companies of using false mining claims to boost their profits.
In a letter to Chinese companies, President Donald Trump slammed Chinese mining companies that have been accused of cheating on environmental standards in an effort to gain a competitive advantage in the global market.
The letter, sent to the heads of the five largest Chinese mining firms, accuses them of “tampering with the environmental integrity of our country.”
The letter comes after China, which has been accused by U.S. officials of running a “fraud empire” to extract precious metals from deep-sea mines, issued a report accusing its mining industry of violating U.N. regulations on environmental protection.
The U.K.-based Natural Resources Defence Council (NRDC), which has pushed for tougher regulations on Chinese mining, says the letter is the latest in a string of efforts to discredit the industry.
NRDC director Richard Fisher said in a statement that the letter was “clearly designed to target Chinese mining in the name of fighting environmental issues.” The U