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Brazil Set to Battle China in Africa With Copper Bid: Real M&A

Brazil and China are heading for a battle of strategic necessity over copper in Africa that will leave the winner walking away with the most expensive acquisition of a diversified minerals company.

Jinchuan Group, the biggest Chinese nickel producer, is considering a bid for Johannesburg-based Metorex Ltd. to rival Vale SA’s offer, two people familiar with the deal said yesterday. Metorex yesterday closed 6.1 percent above Rio de Janeiro-based Vale’s proposal of 7.35 rand a share, the most of any pending deal in Africa, making it the likeliest to garner a higher price tag, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.