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China approves merger plans of rare earth giants

Updated: May 14,2015 8:22 PM     Xinhua

China approved merger plans for six rare earth companies to optimize their industrial structure, the country’s natural resources regulator said on May 14.

Merger plans of China Aluminum Corporation, Xiamen Tungsten Co., LTd., Inner Mongolia BaoTou Steel Union Co., Ltd., China Minmetals Corporation, Ganzhou Rare Earth Group Co., LTd., and Guangdong Rare Earth Industrial Group Co., LTd. have been approved by authorities, according to an announcement released by the Ministry of Land and Resources.

The country’s mining control limit for rare earth exploitation this year is 105,000 tonnes while that of tungsten concentrate stands at 91,300 tonnes, according to the announcement.