A mining machine is seen at the Bayan Obo mine containing rare earth minerals in Inner Mongolia in July 2011. Photo: Reuters A mining machine is seen at the Bayan Obo mine containing rare earth minerals in Inner Mongolia in July 2011. Photo: Reuters
A mining machine is seen at the Bayan Obo mine containing rare earth minerals in Inner Mongolia in July 2011. Photo: Reuters

Donald Trump to expand rare earths mining, citing China threat

  • US president signs executive order declaring national emergency in industry, seeking to explore use of Defence Production Act to speed up development of mines
  • China accounted for 80 per cent of total US imports of rare earth compounds and metals last year

Topic |   US-China trade war
A mining machine is seen at the Bayan Obo mine containing rare earth minerals in Inner Mongolia in July 2011. Photo: Reuters A mining machine is seen at the Bayan Obo mine containing rare earth minerals in Inner Mongolia in July 2011. Photo: Reuters
A mining machine is seen at the Bayan Obo mine containing rare earth minerals in Inner Mongolia in July 2011. Photo: Reuters
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