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WTO to Probe China’s Rare-Earth Policies

After the request by the European Union, Japan, and the United States for the World Trade Organization to examine China’s rare-earth industry, the WTO will probe into China’s rare-earth policies, from AFP:The decision was taken...

Rare White Paper Published on Rare Earths

China’s State Council on Wednesday issued its first white paper on the controversial rare-earth metal sector, hailing its developmental achievements but also acknowledging the environmental consequences of and promising...

Obama Announces WTO Case Against China

As China tries to get a firm grasp on its control of rare earth metals, the EU, Japan, and the US have rallied together to file a case against China at the WTO. China produces a majority of the 17 rare earth metals that are...

China Consolidates Grip on Rare Earths

The ongoing saga of China’s control over rare earth metals is impacting the cost of a number of high-tech goods that use the minerals in manufacturing, including environmentally-friendly compact fluorescent light bulbs,...

China Moves to Consolidate Rare-earths Industry

China is making some changes to its rare earth industry, which has been under attack by trade partners who claim the country is maintaining a global monopoly on the valuable resource. From MarketWatch: China plans to consolidate...

Australia Blocked Rare Earth Deal on Supply Concerns

In 2009, Chinese state-owned China Non-Ferrous Metal Mining (Group) Co.was in talks with Australian rare earth mining company, Lynas Corp., to become the majority stakeholder in developing a new mine at Mount Weld, the site of...

Did China Overplay Rare Earth Hand?

An alleged halt in rare earth element exports to Japan put world governments on notice. Did China push too hard, too fast?  Please read the article in The Diplomat here: Up until a recent territorial spat between Japan and...

Global Trade Wars: China Turns up the Heat

CNN reports on the growing trade dispute over rare earth elements, after the Chinese government has given conflicting messages about whether the country will further restrict exports in the coming year: Ground zero of a possible...

China Reins in Rare Earth Exports

China’s extraction and exportation of rare earth minerals, which are used in the manufacturing of a variety of high-tech goods including cell phones, cars, wind turbines, and radar systems, has been in the spotlight lately...

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