A supervisor displays crushed ore before it is sent to the mill at the MP Materials rare earth mine in Mountain Pass, California, the only such mine in the US. Photo: Reuters
A supervisor displays crushed ore before it is sent to the mill at the MP Materials rare earth mine in Mountain Pass, California, the only such mine in the US. Photo: Reuters

US bill would block defence contractors from using Chinese rare earths

  • If passed, the bipartisan legislation would use the Pentagon to create a permanent stockpile in a bid to loosen Beijing’s grip on the strategic minerals
  • While the United States created the industry in World War II, China has slowly grown to control the entire sector the past 30 years

Topic |   US-China relations
A supervisor displays crushed ore before it is sent to the mill at the MP Materials rare earth mine in Mountain Pass, California, the only such mine in the US. Photo: Reuters
A supervisor displays crushed ore before it is sent to the mill at the MP Materials rare earth mine in Mountain Pass, California, the only such mine in the US. Photo: Reuters
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