A rare earths mine in Inner Mongolia. Photo: Reuters

US moves to reduce reliance on Chinese rare earths exports after Beijing threatens to cut supplies

  • Commerce Department outlines series of measures to boost domestic supply and end dependence on Chinese imports
  • Beijing has threatened to use the metals, which are vital for modern consumer goods and military equipment, as a weapon in the trade war
Topic |   US-China tech war

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A rare earths mine in Inner Mongolia. Photo: Reuters
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Zhenhua Lu

Zhenhua Lu

Zhenhua Lu joined the Post in 2017 as US correspondent covering US-China relations on diplomacy, security and trade. After six years' working overseas in Brussels and Washington DC, he is now based in Hong Kong and writes about China foreign policy. He has master's in international journalism.

Sarah Zheng

Sarah Zheng

Sarah Zheng joined the Post as a reporter in 2016. She graduated from Tufts University with a degree in international relations and film and media studies. She reports on China's foreign policy.