What Happened: A protest by 500 residents of a Kyrgyz village against a Chinese mining operation in the country's eastern region resulted in a confrontation that injured more than 20 Chinese workers and locals, RFE/RL reported Aug. 6. The residents blamed pollution from the mining operations for livestock deaths.
Why It Matters: The protest marks the latest in a series of rallies and clashes over Chinese mining operations in Kyrgyzstan, posing an ongoing challenge for Beijing's economic expansion in the country. If the incidents continue, it could lead China to re-evaluate its stake in the country, hurting Kyrgyzstan's economy.
Background: Accusations of environmental damage and illegal exploration of Kyrgyz resources against Chinese mining operations have triggered protests in other parts of the country that have occasionally escalated into violence.