INTERNATIONAL mining companies are to find it easier to work in China, following the approval of its membership of the World Trade Organisation, a decision that was achieved by China making a wide range of concessions that will liberalise its commercial laws.

This involves the scrapping of all China's restrictive import quotas for goods by the year 2005 and also a steep reduction in tariffs. Notably, said an European Union briefing paper, this includes five of the EU's most popular marble and building stone exports, (10 per cent from ...

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