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Malaysia's bauxite industry headed from boom to bust

Bauxite surged to become a key mineral shipped to China, Malaysia's largest trading partner. At US$50 a tonne, Malaysia's 2015 exports were worth over US$1 billion.

Kuala Lumpur

ALREADY under fire for widespread environmental damage, Malaysia's once lucrative bauxite mining industry is facing a likely death knell from neighbouring Indonesia's move to allow a resumption of exports.

This time last year, Malaysia was the world's biggest supplier

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