ADVANCE FOR USE MONDAY, DEC. 10, 2012 AND THEREAFTER - This Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012 photo shows a coal seam in the bank of an open cut mine near Gunnedah, Australia, 450 kilometers (280

 

              ADVANCE FOR USE MONDAY, DEC. 10, 2012 AND THEREAFTER - This Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012 photo shows a coal seam in the bank of an open cut mine near Gunnedah, Australia, 450 kilometers (280
ADVANCE FOR USE MONDAY, DEC. 10, 2012 AND THEREAFTER - This Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012 photo shows a coal seam in the bank of an open cut mine near Gunnedah, Australia, 450 kilometers (280 miles) northwest of Sydney. In Australia, where trade with China hit 7.7 percent of GDP last year, exports of coal and iron ore have helped Australia fend off recession for 21 years and deliver the largest trade surpluses in 140 years of record-keeping. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)