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‘Minerals Week’ in a realm of industry rentseeking

The rentseekers and whingers of the mining industry gather in Canberra this week. But you can be sure that there are a few topics that won’t be mentioned, write Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane.

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Rio Tinto hits rivers of trouble in Mongolia’s mines

While Rio Tinto’s executives bask in the friendly climes of London, Perth and Singapore, it’s in Mongolia — one of the unforgiving lands where the it digs up its treasure — Rio has again orchestrated its own crisis.

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Economist | COMPANIES|

Rio Tinto and China are friends again?

After last year’s Rio Tinto-Chinalco deal fell through, it seemed China had cracked it at the mining giant. But with the pair announcing a joint venture into Africa last week, has the frosty relationship thawed?

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The Sydney Morning Herald | COMPANIES|

Chinalco: It was the economic forces whodunnit

The official Chinese government findings are in: the Australian government and Rio Tinto are not to blame for the collapsed Chinalco deal. Rather, a combination of economic forces brought it down. John Garnaut reports.

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Market up as Chinalco looks to sell its Rio Tinto share

Today’s market news is all about resources, as Chinalco, Woodside, BHP and Rio Tinto all make waves.

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China’s "judo diplomacy" on ore still kicking

China’s Vice-Premier Li Keqiang recent trip down under only serves as a salutary reminder of the increasingly sophisticated yet tough approach by the PRC in its dealings with weaker nation states such as Australia, writes Tony Lamond.

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Rio-BHP carve up isn’t iron-clad just yet

Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton are optimistic if they think their iron ore joint venture will pass muster at the European Commission, writes Glenn Dyer.

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Chinalco deal off — BHP deal on

The Chinalco deal backflip is the big story of the day, while the market is up 54.

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Grim times for British Labour, home and away

Richard Farmer wraps today’s political titbits: Could British Labour come home fourth in EU elections? NT minister cleared of swine flu and government breathes a sigh of relief over Chinalco.

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Financial Times | COMPANIES|

Chinalco’s $19.5bn backflip

Chinalco is set to walk away from a $19.5bn deal with Rio Tinto after weeks of wrangling over the terms of the transaction, and are now considering a joint venture with rival BHP Billiton.

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Rio-BHP in Pilbara iron ore tie-up

BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto have decided to pool their Pilbara iron ore assets, spurning state-owned metals monopolist Chinalco.

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Iron ore “price cut” all about Chinalco

We are about to find out how clever and strategic the Chinese Government and companies in the steel industry are, writes Glenn Dyer.

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Explaining the RIO re-jig

Marcus Padley explains what’s going down between RIO and Chinalco.

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RIO up 4%

The Rio Tinto-Chinalco deal gets more press, while the market and the Dow are both down.

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Kohler: Fix Rio or resign

The incoming chairman of Rio Tinto, Jan du Plessis, has two important tasks: to renegotiate the deal with Chinalco and to bring about change within Rio itself, writes Alan Kohler.

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Secret Beijing voting business saves Sir Rod

Rio Tinto’s AGM in Sydney on Monday is all about treating small shareholders with utter contempt.

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Local bluebloods nix Rio’s Shanghai swing

A major Australian shareholder in Rio Tinto has broken rank and revealed its “deep concern” over the proposed link up with Chinalco, writes Glenn Dyer.

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Costello trumps Keating in Rio stoush

Peter Costello made some telling points yesterday over Chinalco’s bid to buy Rio Tinto’s resources assets, writes Nicholas Gruen.

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Vote for Chinalco, bring Rio Down Under

The debate leading up to the big Rio Tinto shareholder votes in May will be the most complex, politically charged and serious that we’ve ever seen over foreign investment, writes Stephen Mayne.

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Rio’s Chairman-elect pulls the pin

To lose a chairman before he’s even taken the top job is an embarrassment, writes Glenn Dyer, and the departure could signal trouble ahead at Rio.

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BHP’s $690 million Rio fees blowout

BHP spent $690 million in advisory fees for a deal that went nowhere, and it’s time to start counting the cost to shareholders, writes Michael Feller.

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