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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