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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China might restrict exports of rare earths, which are essential to the manufacture of consumer electronics, semiconductors and military equipment. Photo: AFP

China issues veiled rare earths threats after US ups trade war ante with Huawei blacklist

  • Foreign ministry says warning from top economic planning agency that government will prioritise domestic demand is sound and valid
  • Communist Party mouthpiece also warns US not to underestimate China’s resolve to hit back
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China might restrict exports of rare earths, which are essential to the manufacture of consumer electronics, semiconductors and military equipment. Photo: AFP
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