Yes, it does seem strange that Baotou Hongbo would argue for the removal of the license without any hope for owning the processing plant.  That lends credence to the idea that Baotou (possibly backed by their government) simply wants to shut down competition.  Thanks, Kettly_a and Erryl for hashing this out.  Itr's nice to hear you two talking to each other again!   Cheers!  I like both of you.