Workers transport soil containing rare earth elements for export at a port in Lianyungang in Jiangsu province on October 31, 2010. Photo: REUTERS

China’s rare earth producers say they are ready to weaponise their supply stranglehold, pass any tariff as cost to US customers

  • The Association of China Rare Earth Industry, which represents almost 300 miners, processors and manufacturers, issued a statement yesterday, citing an August 5 meeting
  • “US consumers must shoulder the cost from US-imposed tariffs,” the association said
Topic |   Rare earth element

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Workers transport soil containing rare earth elements for export at a port in Lianyungang in Jiangsu province on October 31, 2010. Photo: REUTERS
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China has been investing heavily on facilities to do the bulk of the dirty and environmentally damaging mining and ore processing work for the world. Illustration: SCMP

China’s war chest of rare earth patents give an insight into total domination of the industry

  • US lobbyists lament the lack of a governmental effort to cut reliance on Chinese supply of elements widely used in consumer electronics and military equipment
  • China had filed for 25,911 rare earth patents compared to 9,810 from the US as of October last year
Topic |   US-China trade war

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China has been investing heavily on facilities to do the bulk of the dirty and environmentally damaging mining and ore processing work for the world. Illustration: SCMP
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