The sound of explosions, heavy dust in the air and polluted rivers plague the residents of the Serbian mining town of Bor, where a Chinese company bought the mine in 2018. The cooperation between the EU candidate country Serbia and China has intensified in recent years, but there are both environmental and political risks with the Chinese projects – and growing local opposition
The situation in Bor is not an isolated case, but rather “emblematic” of many of China’s investments in Serbia, says Wawa Wang. “It is common for Chinese projects to get exemptions in Serbia: exemptions from legal conditions when it comes to public tenders, competition, environmental assessments, and what is economically viable”.
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