Like bauxite, Indonesia used to be the largest supplier of nickel ores for China. That was before mineral ore export ban implemented in early 2014. China then sourced nickel ores, amidst lower nickel content, from the Philippines, which were responsible for 83% of the country’s import last year (35.03 million tons). The government of Indonesia resumed export of low-grade nickel ores early last year, just when more Chinese companies building smelters in Sulawesi and North Maluku.To subscribe please click here