A worker cuts reinforcing bars in a steel factory in Ganyu county, Jiangsu province, China
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Iron ore prices remain strong on demand from China

8 April 2013 Last updated at 03:30 BST

China's demand for iron ore is playing a major role in keeping the market in the commodity buoyant.

Used in the production of steel, China imported 19 million tonnes of iron ore from Australia in March, a 22% increase on February's figure.

But can this strong price environment be sustained over the long-term? Jay Hambro, chairman at IRC, says yes, and not just because demand is high.