Malaysians protest against an Australian rare earth plant run by Lynas. Photo: AFP

In Malaysia, a snag in US search for alternative to Chinese rare earths

  • As the trade war threatens to put Chinese rare earth minerals out of America’s grasp, Washington turns to alternative supplies to fill the gap
  • Few Malaysians are willing to tolerate the environmental damage that would entail
Topic |   US-China trade war

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Malaysians protest against an Australian rare earth plant run by Lynas. Photo: AFP
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Rare-earth oxides, clockwise from top centre: Praseodymium, cerium, lanthanum, neodymium, samarium, and gadolinium. Photo: AP/US Department of Agriculture

Explainer: Used from iPhones to guided missiles, does China’s dominance in rare earths hold potential leverage in trade war?

  • The little known minerals are used in a variety of industries and hi-tech devices
  • China has accounted for more than 90 per cent of global production since the late 1990s
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Rare-earth oxides, clockwise from top centre: Praseodymium, cerium, lanthanum, neodymium, samarium, and gadolinium. Photo: AP/US Department of Agriculture
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