BEIJING – The Chinese government expressed concern Friday over attacks by indigenous groups on a Chinese mining company in southeastern Ecuador.
An attack against the company, Explorecobres S.A. (ECSA), on Wednesday had killed one police officer and injured seven others.
The Chinese government is extremely concerned about the incidents that took place in Ecuador’s Morona Santiago province, said spokesperson Geng Shuang of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs at a press conference.
He added the two countries are still discussing how best to address the situation.
Wednesday’s attack was allegedly carried out by a group belonging to the indigenous Shuar people, who have targeted the Chinese firm in the past too, including an attack on Nov. 21, 2016.
The natives are against the extraction taking place in their region and want the company to leave even though ECSA is licensed to mine in the region for minerals, especially copper.