A machine mines for rare earth minerals in the Bayan Obo mining district of Inner Mongolia. Photo: Reuters
A machine mines for rare earth minerals in the Bayan Obo mining district of Inner Mongolia. Photo: Reuters
Rare earths

How China’s rare earth dominance spurs US and its allies to diversify supply chain of critical minerals

  • United States is taking a harder line in effort to end ‘undue dependence’ on essential resources from China, including solar panels and rare earth minerals
  • But the erosion of China’s market share, while likely inevitable, is expected to take a long time even as geopolitical tensions with West remain strained

A machine mines for rare earth minerals in the Bayan Obo mining district of Inner Mongolia. Photo: Reuters
A machine mines for rare earth minerals in the Bayan Obo mining district of Inner Mongolia. Photo: Reuters
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