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Thirst for iron

<p>An employee counts steel bars at the Chang Xin Iron and Steel Ltd. in Changzhi, Shanxi province January 24, 2008.  REUTERS/Stringer </p>

An employee counts steel bars at the Chang Xin Iron and Steel Ltd. in Changzhi, Shanxi province January 24, 2008. REUTERS/Stringer

An employee counts steel bars at the Chang Xin Iron and Steel Ltd. in Changzhi, Shanxi province January 24, 2008. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>A loader prepares to shovel iron ore dug from an Australian mine in this undated handout picture from Port Hedland. REUTERS/BHP Billiton/Handout </p>

A loader prepares to shovel iron ore dug from an Australian mine in this undated handout picture from Port Hedland. REUTERS/BHP Billiton/Handout

A loader prepares to shovel iron ore dug from an Australian mine in this undated handout picture from Port Hedland. REUTERS/BHP Billiton/Handout

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<p>An aerial view shows an iron ore dump site at Yingkou Port, Liaoning province January 26, 2010.   REUTERS/Sheng Li </p>

An aerial view shows an iron ore dump site at Yingkou Port, Liaoning province January 26, 2010. REUTERS/Sheng Li

An aerial view shows an iron ore dump site at Yingkou Port, Liaoning province January 26, 2010. REUTERS/Sheng Li

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<p>A worker shovels iron ore at a port in Tianjin municipality March 19, 2008. REUTERS/Vincent Du </p>

A worker shovels iron ore at a port in Tianjin municipality March 19, 2008. REUTERS/Vincent Du

A worker shovels iron ore at a port in Tianjin municipality March 19, 2008. REUTERS/Vincent Du

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<p>Iron ore from Australia is unloaded from the Star Fortune bulk carrier at Rizhao Port, one of China's biggest ports for importing the commodity, in Shandong province, March 19, 2010. REUTERS/Stringer </p>

Iron ore from Australia is unloaded from the Star Fortune bulk carrier at Rizhao Port, one of China's biggest ports for importing the commodity, in Shandong province, March 19, 2010. REUTERS/Stringer

Iron ore from Australia is unloaded from the Star Fortune bulk carrier at Rizhao Port, one of China's biggest ports for importing the commodity, in Shandong province, March 19, 2010. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>Smoke billows from an iron and steel plant in Hefei, Anhui province December 9, 2007. REUTERS/Jianan Yu </p>

Smoke billows from an iron and steel plant in Hefei, Anhui province December 9, 2007. REUTERS/Jianan Yu

Smoke billows from an iron and steel plant in Hefei, Anhui province December 9, 2007. REUTERS/Jianan Yu

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<p>A labourer works at a steel and iron factory in Hefei, Anhui province November 22, 2009.  REUTERS/Jianan Yu </p>

A labourer works at a steel and iron factory in Hefei, Anhui province November 22, 2009. REUTERS/Jianan Yu

A labourer works at a steel and iron factory in Hefei, Anhui province November 22, 2009. REUTERS/Jianan Yu

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<p>An employee works at a steel and iron factory in Changzhi, Shanxi province March 30, 2009.   REUTERS/Stringer </p>

An employee works at a steel and iron factory in Changzhi, Shanxi province March 30, 2009. REUTERS/Stringer

An employee works at a steel and iron factory in Changzhi, Shanxi province March 30, 2009. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>A folk stuntman scoops molten iron before tossing it against a concrete wall to celebrate the Lantern Festival in Nuanquan town of Yuxian County, Hebei province February 8, 2009.  REUTERS/Jason Lee</p>

A folk stuntman scoops molten iron before tossing it against a concrete wall to celebrate the Lantern Festival in Nuanquan town of Yuxian County, Hebei province February 8, 2009. REUTERS/Jason Lee

A folk stuntman scoops molten iron before tossing it against a concrete wall to celebrate the Lantern Festival in Nuanquan town of Yuxian County, Hebei province February 8, 2009. REUTERS/Jason Lee

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<p>A Chinese worker checks glowing coiled steel at Hangzhou Iron and Steel Co Ltd, in Hangzhou, capital of the eastern province of Zhejiang, February 20, 2004. REUTERS/Claro Cortes IV </p>

A Chinese worker checks glowing coiled steel at Hangzhou Iron and Steel Co Ltd, in Hangzhou, capital of the eastern province of Zhejiang, February 20, 2004. REUTERS/Claro Cortes IV

A Chinese worker checks glowing coiled steel at Hangzhou Iron and Steel Co Ltd, in Hangzhou, capital of the eastern province of Zhejiang, February 20, 2004. REUTERS/Claro Cortes IV

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<p>An employee works at a steel factory in Dalian, Liaoning province, January 19, 2009.  REUTERS/China Daily </p>

An employee works at a steel factory in Dalian, Liaoning province, January 19, 2009. REUTERS/China Daily

An employee works at a steel factory in Dalian, Liaoning province, January 19, 2009. REUTERS/China Daily

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<p>An employee makes a check on steel products at a workshop of Kunming Iron and Steel Co. Ltd. in Kunming, Yunnan province June 16, 2008. REUTERS/Stringer </p>

An employee makes a check on steel products at a workshop of Kunming Iron and Steel Co. Ltd. in Kunming, Yunnan province June 16, 2008. REUTERS/Stringer

An employee makes a check on steel products at a workshop of Kunming Iron and Steel Co. Ltd. in Kunming, Yunnan province June 16, 2008. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>A labourer loads steel wire coils at a steel market in Taiyuan, Shanxi province August 27, 2009.  REUTERS/Stringer </p>

A labourer loads steel wire coils at a steel market in Taiyuan, Shanxi province August 27, 2009. REUTERS/Stringer

A labourer loads steel wire coils at a steel market in Taiyuan, Shanxi province August 27, 2009. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>A labourer welds steel frames at a construction site in Changzhi, Shanxi province December 11, 2009. REUTERS/Stringer </p>

A labourer welds steel frames at a construction site in Changzhi, Shanxi province December 11, 2009. REUTERS/Stringer

A labourer welds steel frames at a construction site in Changzhi, Shanxi province December 11, 2009. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>A laborer throws a steel bar at a construction site in Zhengzhou, in central China's Henan province March 11, 2007. REUTERS/Donald Chan </p>

A laborer throws a steel bar at a construction site in Zhengzhou, in central China's Henan province March 11, 2007. REUTERS/Donald Chan

A laborer throws a steel bar at a construction site in Zhengzhou, in central China's Henan province March 11, 2007. REUTERS/Donald Chan

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<p>A labourer welds steel bars at a construction site in Huaibei, east China's Anhui province, December 31, 2006. REUTERS/China Daily </p>

A labourer welds steel bars at a construction site in Huaibei, east China's Anhui province, December 31, 2006. REUTERS/China Daily

A labourer welds steel bars at a construction site in Huaibei, east China's Anhui province, December 31, 2006. REUTERS/China Daily

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<p>The last pair of steel box girders is slung to be installed on the Sutong Bridge over the Yangtze River in east China's Jiangsu province May 29, 2007. REUTERS/China Daily </p>

The last pair of steel box girders is slung to be installed on the Sutong Bridge over the Yangtze River in east China's Jiangsu province May 29, 2007. REUTERS/China Daily

The last pair of steel box girders is slung to be installed on the Sutong Bridge over the Yangtze River in east China's Jiangsu province May 29, 2007. REUTERS/China Daily

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<p>An employee works at a workshop of Dongfen Motor Company Ltd. in Xiangfan, Hubei province, February 27, 2008. REUTERS/Stringer </p>

An employee works at a workshop of Dongfen Motor Company Ltd. in Xiangfan, Hubei province, February 27, 2008. REUTERS/Stringer

An employee works at a workshop of Dongfen Motor Company Ltd. in Xiangfan, Hubei province, February 27, 2008. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>Migrant labourers work at a construction site near Hongqiao Airport in Shanghai March 11, 2010.  REUTERS/Aly Song </p>

Migrant labourers work at a construction site near Hongqiao Airport in Shanghai March 11, 2010. REUTERS/Aly Song

Migrant labourers work at a construction site near Hongqiao Airport in Shanghai March 11, 2010. REUTERS/Aly Song

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<p>A Chinese national flag is seen near an apartment under construction in Zhengzhou, Henan province March 23, 2010.  REUTERS/Donald Chan </p>

A Chinese national flag is seen near an apartment under construction in Zhengzhou, Henan province March 23, 2010. REUTERS/Donald Chan

A Chinese national flag is seen near an apartment under construction in Zhengzhou, Henan province March 23, 2010. REUTERS/Donald Chan

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