By Yining Su
Image credit: James Griffiths. Typography: Terrance Weinzierl.
With gold reserves of at least 53 tonnes, the mine in Xinyuan County in the Ili Valley is expected to have an economic value of 20 billion yuan (3.2 billion U.S. dollars), said Zeng Xiaogang, head of the region’s geology and mineral resources bureau.
Covering a length of 3 km and depths of 60 to 300 meters, the mine also holds 31,200 tonnes of copper, said Zeng.
What are the odds that this will calm tensions and provide tangible benefits for the residents of Xinjiang?