The Pentagon is assessing the United States’ rare earths capability in a race to secure stable supplies. Photo: Reuters

Pentagon races to track US rare earths output amid trade war with China

  • Push comes weeks after China threatened to curb exports of specialised minerals used to build fighter planes, tanks and consumer electronics
  • Pentagon wants miners to describe plans to develop US rare earths mines and processing facilities
Topic |   US-China tech war

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The Pentagon is assessing the United States’ rare earths capability in a race to secure stable supplies. Photo: Reuters
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The rare earth metal lanthanum is poured into a mould in China's Inner Mongolia autonomous region. The country supplies more than 70 per cent of the world’s rare earth oxides. Photo: Reuters

Mine, replace or recycle: can the US, Europe and Japan end reliance on China for rare earths?

  • Rare earths prices are still too low to allow recycling, or other alternatives, to seriously compete with Chinese supplies, analysts say
  • US knows that even if the trade war is resolved, it still cannot rely on just one source, CEO of Australian rare earths miner Lynas Corporation says
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The rare earth metal lanthanum is poured into a mould in China's Inner Mongolia autonomous region. The country supplies more than 70 per cent of the world’s rare earth oxides. Photo: Reuters
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