China to step up strategic mineral resource exploration during 2021-2025

An employee works on the production line of tanks for liquefied natural gas (LNG) at an energy equipment company in Nantong, Jiangsu province, China March 14, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer

Nov 12 (Reuters) - China will step up exploration of strategic mineral resources including petroleum, natural gas, copper, chrome, tungsten, rare earths and others during 2021-2025, the top economic planner said on Friday.

The National Development and Reform Commission revealed the plan for promoting development in resource-dependent regions on its website.

Reporting by Min Zhang in Beijing and Tom Daly; Editing by Jacqueline Wong

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