China's biggest producer of rare earth metals, the Baotou Group, has announced it will continue a production stop into 2013.
SOE Baotou wants to force up demand for the metals, which are used to make hi-tech products.
The US and China have agreed to restart stalled negotiations on an investment treaty, with Beijing dropping efforts to protect some economic sectors. But talks struck a sour note over China's handling of Edward Snowden.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is in Beijing to cement bilateral and international relations with China, especially on the issue of Syria.
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