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Rio Tinto and Minmetals establish JV for mineral exploration in China

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Global Mining Review,

On Thursday 7 June 2018, Rio Tinto and Minmetals Exploration & Development Company Ltd formalised a joint venture (JV) contract to establish a 50:50 JV to explore for world-class mineral deposits in China. This follows a Technical Collaboration contract signed in November 2017 when both parties committed to a collaborative partnership in mineral exploration. The JV is subject to regulatory approvals.

Rio Tinto Chief Executive J-S Jacques and President of China Minmetals Guo Wenqing, witnessed the signing of the JV contract by Rio Tinto Minerals Development Ltd and Minmetals Exploration & Development Company Ltd.

Rio Tinto Chief Executive, J-S Jacques, commented: "The formalisation of the exploration joint venture is an important milestone in our growing partnership with China and Minmetals, who is an increasingly important player in the global mining industry. Our complementary strengths in exploration put us in the best possible position to find metals and minerals essential to human progress."

China Minmetals Corp. President, Guo Wenqing, commented: "The collaboration is very significant to Minmetals. Rio Tinto has rich prospecting experience and great discoveries worldwide, while Minmetals has solid technical expertise and extensive experience – the two strong partners will drive breakthroughs, pioneer progress, and promote the exchanges and collaboration of the global resource industry."

The immediate priority for the JV will be mineral targets in China that are identified under the Technical Collaboration Agreement. The future collaboration of the parties will expand to exploration of global resources.

The registered capital of the JV will be RMB200 million (US$31.3 million) with initial contributions of RMB35 million (US$5.5 million) by each party within approximately 6 months of establishment of the JV. According to Rio Tinto, any further capital contributions will be subject to unanimous approval of the parties and linked to agreed target areas.

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