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SINGAPORE, Sept 30 (Reuters) - Copper prices advanced on Monday after a private business survey showed China's factory activity unexpectedly expanded in September, as plants ramped up production and new orders rose.
The Caixin/Markit Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) for September rose to 51.4 from 50.4 in August, marking the second straight month of expansion. Economists polled by Reuters had expected a dip to 50.2.
Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange rose 0.2% to $5,779 a tonne by 0207 GMT, while the most-traded copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange advanced 0.6% to 47,110 yuan ($6,609.15) a tonne.
However, a separate official survey showed China's factory activity shrank for the fifth straight month in September, pointing to persistent downward pressure on its economy amid a trade war with the United States.
The official PMI was at 49.8 in September, slightly higher than 49.5 in August, official data showed. The 50-point mark separates expansion from contraction on a monthly basis.
* PRICES: The base metals complex mostly rose, with London aluminum rising 0.6%, nickel and zinc increasing 0.7% each, and lead advancing 0.9%. Shanghai aluminum dipped 0.2%, while zinc and lead rose 0.6% each.
* TRADE WAR: China hopes Beijing and Washington will resolve their trade dispute "with a calm and rational attitude," Vice Commerce Minister Wang Shouwen said on Sunday, ahead of expected high level talks on Oct. 10-11 between the two sides.
* CHINA: China plans to step up economic adjustments to counter its slowing economy while providing adequate liquidity in the economy, the central bank said on Sunday.
* ALUMINIUM: Premiums for aluminum shipments to Japan for October to December were set at $97 per tonne, down 10% from the previous quarter amid ample supplies in Asia and softening demand from the electronics and auto industries, sources said.
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* Asian shares and the Chinese yuan were off to a cautious start as investors looked to how Chinese financial markets will react to the news the U.S. administration is considering delisting Chinese companies from U.S. stock exchanges.
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($1 = 7.1280 Chinese yuan) (Reporting by Mai Nguyen; editing by Uttaresh.V)