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Overseas Mining Laws



China is the one of the world's leading producers of aluminIum, antimony, barite, bismuth, cement, coal, fluorspar, gold graphite, iron and steel, lead, magnesium, mercury, molybdenum, phosphate rock, rare earths, salt, talc, tin, tungsten and zinc. It is also one of the largest exporters of antimony, barite, fluorspar, graphite, indium, rare earths and tungsten. Approximately 92% of China's primary energy is derived from mineral resources.


The Mineral Resource/Reserve and classification system of the PRC is in the process of being revised to be more in-line with international standards. The most recent minerals classifications published in China are illustrated here. The new code is expected to incorporate many aspects of CRIRSCO template

Key Mining Legislation

Mineral Resources Law of the PRC
Catalogue for Guidance of Foreign Investment in Industry
China's Policy on Mineral Resources (2003)

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Ministry of Commerce People's Republic of China
The Central People’s Government of the People’s Republic of China