You sure about ... "a deal coming soon?". The entire thing has been half azzed. Furthermore, the board is positioning to reject the offer and hold out for more $$$. Shandong has to get a lot of approvals, and as that other article mentioned is just a test to see if chinese can successfully acquire this company (i.e. regulatory/legislative).
With an S&P downgrade on the horizon, and some would argue a hard landing in China - gold (and commodity complex) could start to tank in short order and LongDong could pull its bid.