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China still calls the tune on industrial input prices

Beijing's environmental and infrastructure drive is firming up commodity markets

China is restricting the output of power-hungry smelters and other industrial plants as it tries to clean up the environment, pushing up the prices of some commodities.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Prices of copper, aluminum, zinc and other commodities have escaped the doldrums they fell into last year, setting new highs in recent months, helped by China's drive to clean up its environment and improve its infrastructure.

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