Many Western car firms are growing concerned with China’s stranglehold on rare earth and lithium battery production. Photo: Reuters Many Western car firms are growing concerned with China’s stranglehold on rare earth and lithium battery production. Photo: Reuters
Many Western car firms are growing concerned with China’s stranglehold on rare earth and lithium battery production. Photo: Reuters
Rare earths

China’s rare earth exports surge past pre-coronavirus levels, despite Western push to diversify supply

  • China’s rare earth exports in the first six months of the year were 16.5 per cent higher than the same period in 2019, before pandemic disrupted global trade
  • China controls about 90 per cent of world’s rare earths supply, but trade frictions are driving Western governments and car makers to find alternative suppliers

Topic |   Rare earths
Many Western car firms are growing concerned with China’s stranglehold on rare earth and lithium battery production. Photo: Reuters Many Western car firms are growing concerned with China’s stranglehold on rare earth and lithium battery production. Photo: Reuters
Many Western car firms are growing concerned with China’s stranglehold on rare earth and lithium battery production. Photo: Reuters
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