China spurs Australian mining boom

China's need for raw materials is a major boost to the Australian economy.

    Australia has been one of the beneficiaries of China's economic growth over the last two years.

    Despite cooling off slightly during the global economic crisis, China's continuing demand for raw materials has been a major boost to the Australian mining industry.

    China's need for commodities such as iron ore is helping mineral-rich Western Australia lead the rest of the country to recovery.

    Al Jazeera's Aella Callan reports from the small coastal town of Geraldton, where plans are under way to build a new deep water port by 2012 to keep up with the demand from China and other emerging economies in Asia.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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