From left, samples of rare earth minerals: cerium oxide, bastnasite, neodymium oxide and lanthanum carbonate. China, the world’s largest exporter of rare earth minerals, may restrict exports to the US as part of the protracted trade war. Photo: Reuters

China will not rule out using rare earth exports as leverage in trade war with US

  • A governmental spokesman says Beijing will give priority to domestic demand for the minerals, though China is the leading exporter to the US
  • The remarks come after Chinese President Xi Jinping visits a major rare earth mining and processing facility in Ganzhou
Topic |   US-China tech war

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From left, samples of rare earth minerals: cerium oxide, bastnasite, neodymium oxide and lanthanum carbonate. China, the world’s largest exporter of rare earth minerals, may restrict exports to the US as part of the protracted trade war. Photo: Reuters
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