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China fuels BHP Billiton's optimism

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The world's largest miner, BHP Billiton, has given its most upbeat update since the global downturn.

The Australian-based company said a surge in demand from China has led to a big jump in shipments of iron ore, the key raw material in steel.

Nick Bryant reports from Sydney.

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