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    US official: US, China to strengthen exchanges in mine safety www.chinaview.cn 2004-07-02 17:33:38 BEIJING, June 2 (Xinhuanet) -- The United States will
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      US official: US, China to strengthen exchanges in mine safety
      www.chinaview.cn 2004-07-02 17:33:38 

          BEIJING, June 2 (Xinhuanet) -- The United States will strengthen information and personnel exchanges with China in mine safety, said a senior official with the US Department of Labor here Friday.

          He told the press on condition of anonymity that such exchanges will be made in a bid for solving the difficulties in China's mine industry safety.

          During his China tour, which was fruitful and sincere in his words, he exchanged views with relevant Chinese officials about implementing the US-China agreements on coal mine safety, and discussed with them on the mine safety and miner safety.

          He also inspected the coal mines in north China's Shanxi Province and northwest China's Shaanxi province, and acquainted himself with the health and safety situation of the local miners.

          He said all these experiences in China made him learn about the difficulties existing in China's mine safety and also provided an opportunity for information exchanges between the United States and China.

          China had to confront difficulties in mine safety due to the existing of so many small coal mines without registration, he said,adding that these mines did not perform the safety standard, and therefore had some problems in their operation.

          Meanwhile, China's mine inspection work was still insufficient,he said, expressing his hope that in order to solve this problem, the United States and China should make cooperation in such fieldsas carrying out training on the mine inspectors, who can help the mine operators and miners to learn about the importance of safety.

          China will send 14 mine inspectors to accept such training in the United States in October this year, he said, noting that when these inspectors returned to China, they can train more inspectors.

          The official accompanied with the US Secretary of Labor Elaine Lan Chao during her China tour from June 21 to 24, and continued to stay here for further exchanges with the Chinese officials after Chao returned to the United States.

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