China's copper consumption will rise in 2009 but growth will slow from 2008, Li Yihuang, president of Jiangxi Copper group, said on Thursday.

I feel this year's copper consumption growth should very closely track the country's gross domestic product growth, Li told reporters in Beijing.

He said he expected Chinese copper prices to average more than 30,000 yuan ($4,387) per tonne this year, with a likely level around 32,000 yuan. ($1=6.838 Yuan)

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