CHNR consummates acquisition of coal mining company in Guizhou Province, PRC

HONG KONG, January 20, 2009 – CHINA NATURAL RESOURCES, INC. (NasdaqCM: CHNR), a company based in the People's Republic of China ("PRC"), today announced that, on January 12, 2009, it consummated the acquisition of all of the issued and outstanding capital stock of Newhold Investments Limited and its wholly-owned subsidiaries (the "Coal Group") and (b) the outstanding indebtedness owing by the Coal Group to the related-party seller on the closing date.

Newhold, through its 70% owned operating subsidiary, Guizhou Yongfu Mining Co., Ltd., owns mining rights to Yongsheng Coal Mine, a coal mine located in Huajuexiang, Jinsha County, Guizhou Province, the PRC. The 20-year mining right permit covering the mine, which was issued on November 8, 2007, provides for an annual production capacity of 600,000 metric tons of coal. Construction of the mine, which is anticipated to take approximately 18 months to complete, is expected to be funded by a combination of bank loans and internal funds.

Additional details of the transaction are contained in the Company's Current Reports on Form 6-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on August 13, 2008 and January 20, 2009.

Mr. Feilie Li, the Company's CEO and Chairman commented: "The completion of our acquisition of Newhold is a milestone in the development of CHNR's coal business. We intend to continue our coal resources acquisition strategy in Guizhou Province, as well as our continued acquisition of other non-ferrous/iron metal assets."

About China Natural Resources

China Natural Resources, Inc., a British Virgin Islands corporation, through its operating subsidiaries in the People's Republic of China, is currently engaged in (a) the acquisition and exploitation of mining rights, including the exploration, mineral extraction, processing and sale of iron, zinc and other nonferrous metals, micaceous oxide and copper concentrate extracted or produced at mines primarily located in Anhui Province in the PRC, (b) operating a copper smelting facility in Inner Mongolia, PRC, and the sale of copper, gold, silver and sulfuric acid resulting from the smelting process; and (c) the acquisition, exploration, development and production of coal resources in the PRC.

Forward-Looking Statements

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