Rare-earth oxides, clockwise from top centre: Praseodymium, cerium, lanthanum, neodymium, samarium, and gadolinium. Photo: AP/US Department of Agriculture

Explainer: Used from iPhones to guided missiles, does China’s dominance in rare earths hold potential leverage in trade war?

  • The little known minerals are used in a variety of industries and hi-tech devices
  • China has accounted for more than 90 per cent of global production since the late 1990s
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Rare-earth oxides, clockwise from top centre: Praseodymium, cerium, lanthanum, neodymium, samarium, and gadolinium. Photo: AP/US Department of Agriculture
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President Xi Jinping visits China’s rare earths mining base in Jiangxi province on Monday. Photo: Xinhua

Chinese President Xi Jinping sounds Long March rallying call as US trade war tensions rise

  • Trip to Ganzhou includes stop at major producer of rare earths, minerals essential to some low-carbon technology and left off US tariffs list
  • He was accompanied by Vice-Premier Liu He, his most trusted adviser and China’s top trade negotiator in the year-long talks with the United States
Topic |   US-China trade war

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President Xi Jinping visits China’s rare earths mining base in Jiangxi province on Monday. Photo: Xinhua
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