(0211 CR M11)STATE-PLANNED RARE EARTH MINING ZONES

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(0211 CR M11)STATE-PLANNED RARE EARTH MINING ZONES DATELINE: Feb. 11, 2011 LENGTH: 00:01:00 FILE VO China has decided to set up its first group of rare earth mining zones with state planning. It is aimed at protecting resources as well as the environment. An official with the Ministry of Land and Resources told Xinhua Thursday that the current mining and supplies are unsustainable. China is the world's largest rare earth producer and exporter. Its reserves account for one third of the world's total rare-earth reserves, but it provides more than 90 percent of the global rare earth demand. The Ministry of Land and Resources announced last month the establishment of 11 state-planned rare earth mining zones in Ganzhou Prefecture of east China's Jiangxi Province. The 11 mining zones have a combined area of 2,500 square kilometers, with rare earth reserves estimated at 760,000 tonnes. The Ministry of Commerce said last month that China exported 35,000 tonnes of rare earth from J Powered by www.newslook.com Producer : Xinhua News Agency

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