People’s Daily reported that China has been the world’s largest gold producer for seven years in a row. In 2013, its gold output reached 428.16 tons. According to the president of China’s Gold Association, "China’s 2013 gold production increased by 6.23% over last year, a new historic record."
As of the end of 2012, China’s gold reserves of 8,196.24 tons ranked second in the world. In addition, for the first time, China’s gold consumption, which was 1176.40 tons in 2013, jumped to world’s top spot. According to an official from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, "For the first time, China’s gold consumption has surpassed India. With an increase of 41.3 percent over last year, China has become the world’s largest gold consumer." In 2013, China’s gold consumption was about 27 percent of the global consumption of physical gold.
Source: People’s Daily Online, June 5, 2014