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China to tighten grip on rare earths

New regulations to take effect from October 1

Rare earth elements over a map of China. China is the dominant global supplier of rare earths, 17 minerals that are indispensable to the manufacturing of smartphones, electric vehicles, military. Credit: Ivan Marc.

Rare earth elements over a map of China. China is the dominant global supplier of rare earths, 17 minerals that are indispensable to the manufacturing of smartphones, electric vehicles, military. Credit: Ivan Marc.

China plans to tighten its grip on rare earth supply from October 1 with new regulations issued on June 29.  China's state council said the country will pay equal attention to resource protection, development,...

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