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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Eric Ng

Eric Ng

Eric joined the SCMP in 1998 after brief stints in a trading company and translation and editing roles at Dow Jones and Edinburgh Financial Publishing. He has close to 20 years of experience covering China's energy, mining and industrial materials sectors, and has recently added biotechnology to his coverage. Eric has a Masters of Business Administration degree.