Chinese demands, rebels and Buddhist ruins stall Afghan copper dream

April 12, 2015 3:18 AM

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MES AYNAK, Afghanistan (Reuters) - China and Afghanistan remain deadlocked over a stalled $3 billion copper mine five months after Beijing demanded royalties be slashed by almost a half, underlining Kabul's struggles to support itself as foreign aid dries up.

The copper, lying beneath the ruins of an ancient Buddhist city, is one of the world's largest untapped deposits. But the project at Mes Aynak has been mired in delays since state-run China Metallurgical Group Corp (MCC) won the contract to develop it in 2007.

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