Greenland has passed a bill setting the framework for foreign mining and exploration companies to take advantage of the natural resources of the Arctic island and opening up for cheaper labour, including staff from China. The legislation defines the size of what is determined a large scale project and regulates minimum salary levels for foreign workers. The law has been criticized for paving the way for companies to employ foreign workers at a lower salary than what the companies would be paying Greenlandic workers. Kaj Kleist, spokesman at British company London Mining Plc, which plans a large iron ore mine near the capital of Nuuk, said the company was pleased with the bill.