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China steel cuts too slow for West

Even though mills closed, production was up 5.7% in 2017

By JOE McDONALD THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

This article was published March 13, 2018 at 1:56 a.m.

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A steelworker at Xiwang Special Steel in Zouping County in eastern China’s Shandong province oversees production last week. Chinese steel mills account for half the world’s steel production.

BEIJING -- China's steel mills, a target of U.S. President Donald Trump's ire, are their industry's 800-pound gorilla: They supply half of the world's output, so every move they make has a global impact.

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