Dec 2 Canadian copper miner Turquoise Hill
Resources Ltd said on Friday it had suspended shipments
from its Oyu Tolgoi mine in Mongolia across the Chinese border,
a day after the imposition of new fees on commodity shipments
between the two countries.
The fee was imposed following a diplomatic row sparked by
last week's visit of Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama,
The Dalai Lama is cherished as a spiritual leader in
predominantly Buddhist Mongolia, but China regards him as a
dangerous separatist and warned the visit could damage bilateral
Turquoise Hill said on Friday that a new requirement at the
Chinese-Mongolian border to use one joint coal-and-concentrate
crossing route had led to safety and security concerns as well
as long waiting times.
The company said it was not clear for how long it would
suspend shipments and that it was seeking to clarify the
situation with authorities in Mongolia and China.
Rio Tinto Plc operates the copper-gold Oyu Tolgoi
mine, which is 66 percent owned by its Turquoise Hill arm and 34
percent owned by the Mongolian government.
(Reporting by Vishaka George in Bengaluru; Editing by Savio