* Ban to cover all waste by 2020, high-grade material
BEIJING/SHANGHAI China aims to cut solid waste imports to zero by next year as it looks to reduce pollution and encourage recyclers to treat soaring volumes of domestic trash, a senior environment ministry official said on Thursday.
BEIJING China's top steelmaking region of Hebei will cut 14 million tonnes of annual steelmaking capacity both this year and next year as it strives to improve air quality, the province's Communist Party head said on Thursday.
BEIJING China's coal consumption rose for a second year in a row in 2018, but coal's share of total energy consumption fell below 60 percent for the first time as cleaner energy sources gained ground, official data showed on Thursday.
BEIJING China's steel mills may have taken a wrong turn by adding millions of tonnes of new high-end capacity just as the country's car sector, a key steel consumer, undergoes its first contraction in decades, cutting metal demand.
SYDNEY/BEIJING China's foreign ministry said on Friday that Australian coal imports to the country continue as normal, although it added customs authorities had stepped up environment and safety checks on foreign cargoes.
BEIJING/MELBOURNE Chinese coal traders have stopped ordering Australian coal as clearing times through China's customs have doubled to at least 40 days, according to major buyers in China and international coal merchants, resulting in a sharp fall in Australian prices.
* LME metals down led by zinc; copper falls over 1 pct
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BEIJING China is investigating a manufacturer of medical products following reports that it sold human immunoglobulin for intravenous injection that had possibly been contaminated with HIV, though authorities said tests found no sign of the virus.
SINGAPORE/BEIJING Dozens of ships carrying coal and iron ore to China are stuck outside ports waiting to unload, according to shipping data, with traders saying harbour authorities are taking longer than usual to clear the imports with customs officials.