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Rio and BHP to win from China's blue-sky wars

China has moved to further embed pollution controls across a broader sweep of its industrial landscape in a move that reinforces the shared view of Australia's biggest miners that price premiums being earned by quality iron ore and coal are now enrichingly structural, according to the Australian Financial Review.

A new three-year action plan announced on the official government website more than doubles the number of major cities targeted for pollution with the migration of the regime south beyond the provinces that surround Beijing to the Yangtze delta and Shanghai.

Confirmation of reforms that were first flagged towards the end of last winter's successful blue-skies campaign acts as rei...

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