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Rio Tinto upbeat about China's copper demand

It says improvement in China property market points to better prospects for the sector

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Rio's optimism stands out amid views from rival Glencore that mining companies were wrong-footed on a slowdown in China, with demand getting tough to call.

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RIO Tinto Group isn't just bullish about China's steel demand, it's also upbeat about copper use in the world's biggest consumer.

Signs of improvement in China's property market are boosting prospects for the metal, Jean-Sebastien Jacques, head of Rio's copper and coal

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