New Pacific Provides Update for Acquisition of RZY Silver-Lead-Zinc Project in Qinghai Province, China

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VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Feb 21, 2013) - New Pacific Metals Corp. ("New Pacific" or the "Company") (NUX.TO) is pleased to announce that the TSX has conditionally approved the Company''s acquisition of an interest in the RZY Silver-Lead-Zinc project as set out in the Company''s news release dated December 21, 2012 (the "Acquisition"). The Acquisition will involve the Company acquiring a majority interest in Silvercorp Metals Inc.''s wholly owned subsidiary, Fortress Mining Inc. ("FMI") pursuant to the terms of an agreement dated December 14, 2012 (the "Agreement"). The Acquisition is a related party transaction.

Pursuant to the terms of the Agreement, the Company will pay US$3.5 million to acquire an 80% interest of FMI (the "Initial Payment"), with an option to acquire the remaining 20% within two years for an additional US$5 million (the "Second Payment").

The TSX has approved the Agreement subject to certain conditions including the following: (1) the TSX pre-clearing the information circular disclosure pertaining to the Agreement including the form of applicable shareholders'' resolution approving the Second Payment; (2) the Second Payment being approved by the disinterested shareholders of the Company before it is paid since the sum of the Initial Payment and Second Payment is greater than 10% of the current market value of the Company''s listed common shares.

The Company will seek disinterested shareholders'' approval of the Second Payment at its next AGM which is planned to be held in November 2013.

About New Pacific

New Pacific is a Canadian gold and silver exploration and development company which owns the Tagish Lake gold project in Yukon, Canada.

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This list is not exhaustive of the factors that may affect any of the Company''s forward-looking statements or information. Forward-looking statements or information are statements about the future and are inherently uncertain, and actual achievements of the Company or other future events or conditions may differ materially from those reflected in the forward-looking statements or information due to a variety of risks, uncertainties and other factors, including, without limitation, those referred to in the Company''s Annual Information Form for the year ended June 30, 2012 under the heading "Risk Factors". Although the Company has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially, there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated, described or intended. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements or information.

The Company''s forward-looking statements and information are based on the assumptions, beliefs, expectations and opinions of management as of the date of this press release, and other than as required by applicable securities laws, the Company does not assume any obligation to update forward-looking statements and information if circumstances or management''s assumptions, beliefs, expectations or opinions should change, or changes in any other events affecting such statements or information. For the reasons set forth above, investors should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements and information.

Contact:
New Pacific Metals Corp.
Investor Relations
(604) 633-1368
(604) 669-9387
info@newpacificmetals.com
www.newpacificmetals.com

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