A mine in western Australia
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China's 'growing grip' on Australia's minerals

China's insatiable appetite for raw materials has been fuelling a boom in the Australian mining industry in recent years.

Chinese companies are now developing their own vast mining projects throughout Australia in a race to secure billions of tonnes of mineral wealth.

It is an industry that's making some people extremely rich but it has also left some remote communities facing an uncertain future.

Stephen Sackur reports from Australia.

  • 12 Apr 2011