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Nupela Masta? Local and Expatriate Labour in a Chinese-Run Nickel Mine in Papua New Guinea

Smith, Graeme

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Studies of mining projects in Papua New Guinea, since the development of the Panguna copper mine in Bougainville during the 1960s, have contributed to our understanding of the politics of interactions between resource companies, host governments and landowners. The Ramu Nickel mine, situated in northern Papua New Guinea, is China's largest investment in the Pacific to date at US$1.4 billion. The project is managed by a state-owned enterprise, China Metallurgical Corporation, and financed by...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorSmith, Graeme
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-08T22:46:03Z
dc.identifier.issn1035-7823
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/37985
dc.description.abstractStudies of mining projects in Papua New Guinea, since the development of the Panguna copper mine in Bougainville during the 1960s, have contributed to our understanding of the politics of interactions between resource companies, host governments and landowners. The Ramu Nickel mine, situated in northern Papua New Guinea, is China's largest investment in the Pacific to date at US$1.4 billion. The project is managed by a state-owned enterprise, China Metallurgical Corporation, and financed by China ExIm Bank. This venture presents an opportunity to understand Chinese resource investment in a comparative perspective. While many issues, such as conflict over land, internal migration, and the limited involvement of the Papua New Guinean state, are constant, one aspect specific to Chinese resource investment is the use (or non-use) of host country labour, and the high proportion of Chinese labour employed at the mine sites. This practice differs from the relatively limited, short-term use of expatriate labour common to Western mining projects in developing countries. The attitudes and experiences of local and Chinese workers and managers will be examined to determine what is new in this approach to resource extraction.
dc.publisherCarfax Publishing, Taylor & Francis Group
dc.sourceAsian Studies Review
dc.subjectKeywords: China; governance; labour; mining; Papua New Guinea; SOE
dc.titleNupela Masta? Local and Expatriate Labour in a Chinese-Run Nickel Mine in Papua New Guinea
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume37
dc.date.issued2013
local.identifier.absfor169905 - Studies of Pacific Peoples' Societies
local.identifier.absfor150308 - International Business
local.identifier.absfor150306 - Industrial Relations
local.identifier.ariespublicationu4015830xPUB156
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationSmith, Graeme, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue2
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage178
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage195
local.identifier.doi10.1080/10357823.2013.768598
local.identifier.absseo940115 - Pacific Peoples Development and Welfare
local.identifier.absseo840299 - Primary Mining and Extraction of Mineral Resources not elsewhere classified
local.identifier.absseo940302 - International Aid and Development
dc.date.updated2016-02-24T10:26:32Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-84878864963
local.identifier.thomsonID000320083900004
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