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Rio Tinto to purchase one bln USD in China in 2011

06-03-2011 11:02 BJT

SHANGHAI, June 2 (Xinhua) -- Anglo-Australian mining company Rio Tinto plans to purchase one billion U.S. dollars of commodities in China in 2011, a company official said Thursday in Shanghai.

Rio Tinto plans to purchase 14 billion U.S. dollars in commodities this year, according to Scott Singer, the company's global purchase head.

Singer said that there is still a great deal of room for more purchases in China, as the company's 2011 China purchases will amount to less than ten percent of its global purchases.

Rio Tinto previously purchased 500 million U.S. dollars' worth of commodities in China in 2010. The company has increased its variety of commodities purchased in China in correlation with its increasing purchase amounts, Singer said.

As Rio Tinto's largest single market, China contributes about one-fourth of Rio Tinto's annual income. The company's sales in China have jumped from 400 million U.S. dollars in 2000 to 16.7 billion U.S. dollars in 2010.

Editor:Yang Jie |Source: Xinhua

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