China Natural Resources Announces Acquisition Of Copper Smelter In Bolivia

Exhibit 99.3


Yue Ming Wai Bonaventure, Chief Financial Officer

011-852-2810-7205 or




HONG KONG, December 23, 2016 – CHINA NATURAL RESOURCES, INC. (NASDAQ: CHNR), a company based in the People's Republic of China, today announced that it had completed the acquisition of Planta Metalurgica Antay Pacha S.A. (“Antay Pacha”), a Bolivian corporation from a related party. Antay Pacha proposes to operate a copper smelting plant in western Bolivia. The plant is substantially constructed, and Antay Pacha is completing the licensing and permitting processes. It is anticipated that a trial run will commence in the second quarter of 2017 and that commercial production will commence in the fourth quarter of 2017. Once fully operational, the plant has a designed annual production capacity of 3,000 tons of copper cathodes.

The US$1,541,129 purchase price includes US$1,441,129 of debt that is payable upon demand. Additional details are disclosed in the Current Report on Form 6-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on December 23, 2016.

Wong Wah On Edward, CHNR’s Chief Executive Officer commented: “We are excited about the prospects of adding a copper smelter to our mining operations in the PRC and believe that Bolivia, a country abundant in various natural resources, offers us the opportunity to diversify our operation. We will continue to explore new businesses opportunities to contribute to revenues and enhance shareholder values.”

About China Natural Resources

China Natural Resources, Inc., a British Virgin Islands corporation, through its operating subsidiaries in the People's Republic of China and Bolivia, is currently (a) engaged in the acquisition and exploitation of mining rights, including the exploration, mineral extraction, processing and sale of iron, zinc and other nonferrous metals, extracted or produced at mines primarily located in Anhui Province in the PRC and (b) completing its plant and related activities preparatory to commencing the smelting of copper ore and production of copper cathodes at its plant located in western Bolivia.

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