China’s state planner has begun a survey of the country’s rare earth resources, including how to protect, develop and apply the prized minerals. Photo: Reuters

China counts its rare earth blessings as ban speculation persists

  • State planners survey seven regions rich in the resources including Inner Mongolia and Jiangxi province
  • Will Beijing weaponise its supply dominance in trade war with the US?
Topic |   US-China trade war

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China’s state planner has begun a survey of the country’s rare earth resources, including how to protect, develop and apply the prized minerals. Photo: Reuters
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Rare earth oxides praseodymium and neodymium in the final stage of production at Lynas’ Advanced Materials Plant in Gebeng, Malaysia, in 2014. Photo: Reuters

Pentagon eyes rare earth supplies in Africa in push away from China

  • US Department of Defence has held talks with Malawi’s Mkango Resources and other rare earth miners across the globe about supplies of strategic minerals
  • Push comes as China threatens to curb exports to US rare earths, which are used in a range of military equipment and hi-tech consumer electronics
Topic |   Rare Earths

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Rare earth oxides praseodymium and neodymium in the final stage of production at Lynas’ Advanced Materials Plant in Gebeng, Malaysia, in 2014. Photo: Reuters
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