At the coal face
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China produces 45 per cent of the world’s coal, but accounts for 70 per cent of global coal mining deaths. The Chinese government reported 2,631 coal mine fatalities in 2008. In 2003 the official (always suspect) number was over 7,000.
“We will never see something like [the Chilean rescue of 33 miners] in China,” said a commentator on the Sina blogging site. One Internet user, commenting on a news report that Wen Jiabao, the premier, had ordered immediate rescue operations following a coal mine accident in Henan, wrote: “Without his order, they wouldn’t even have tried a rescue.”