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Gold production up 11% in 1st 5 months

15/07/07.  China produced 98.89 tons of gold in the first five months of this
year, up 10.096 tons or 11.37 percent from the same period last year,
according to the China Gold Association.

The January-May output of Chinese gold enterprises reached 25.8 million
yuan (US$3.4 million), representing a 43-percent increase from the same
period last year.

These enterprises made a combined profit of 2.8 billion yuan, up 33
percent over the same period last year.

Gold products output in the first five months amounted to 50.35 tons
nationwide, up 19.46 percent, according to the association.

Sun Zhaoxue, head of the gold industry association, said in May that
China's gold industry has entered a period of fast growth on robust
domestic demand.

Annual gold production nationwide stood at 240 tons in 2006, up 32.6
percent from 2001, while profits more than quintupled to reach 6.1 billion
yuan last year, said Sun.

The country's top economic planner said China would boost its gold
production by 8.3 percent to 260 tons this year.