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With the U.S. In Its Sights, China Moves to Restrict Rare Earths Exports. Could Cobalt Be Next?

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China’s control of strategically important minerals and metals are poised to become new weapons in the increasingly acrimonious trade conflict with the United States. The Ministry of Industry last week submitted a new policy proposal that aims to tighten export controls on rare earths, a vital mineral used to manufacture electronics which China controls 60% of the global market.

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