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China Coal Miner Dispute Shows Challenges Facing Xi's Reforms

  • Heilongjiang government says workers at Longmay not being paid
  • Provincial governor claimed earlier salaries were being paid

The Heilongjiang provincial government in northeast China said Longmay Mining Group has delayed salary payments to workers, reversing earlier claims by the region’s governor who said its miners are being paid on time and held up the company as an example of reform.

Longmay is facing severe losses and is running out of money to pay workers, the Heilongjiang government said in a statement on its website March 12. “We will learn the lesson of reporting incorrect information,” it said.