A ball mill at the Mountain Pass mine in California operated by MP Materials, America's only rare earths producer. The miner ships all of its output to China because there is no refining capacity elsewhere in the world to handle its production. Photo: Bloomberg
David Dodwell
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Inside Out by David Dodwell

US-China rivalry makes rare earths a matter of national security, rather than economics

  • Should China, a major exporter of these minerals critical to US military capabilities, try to hold the US hostage by threatening a ban, it can be sure America will pay the price, however high, for alternatives

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A ball mill at the Mountain Pass mine in California operated by MP Materials, America's only rare earths producer. The miner ships all of its output to China because there is no refining capacity elsewhere in the world to handle its production. Photo: Bloomberg
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