Rio seeks China mining projects.
The partnership offer could draw some of the sting from acrimonious iron ore contract talks pitting Rio and BHP against Chinese steel mills led by Baosteel.
Albanese said he had no plans on this trip to meet executives from Baosteel Group, parent of Baoshan Iron and Steel.
"There are opportunities for cooperation on a joint venture basis, or something equivalent to that, and I think that Chinese SOEs could be very much part of that picture," he said.
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