A rare earth deposit. The US will impose tariffs on imports of some rare earth metals from China, which are vital to hi-tech industries. Photo: Reuters

Is the US shooting itself in the foot with tariffs on Chinese rare earth elements?

China is the dominant supplier of elements vital to products from lasers to mobile phones, leaving US makers no alternative but to pay more

Topic |   US-China trade war

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A rare earth deposit. The US will impose tariffs on imports of some rare earth metals from China, which are vital to hi-tech industries. Photo: Reuters
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Chad Bray

Chad Bray

Chad is a senior business reporter focused on finance. He has previously written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires.