The challengers to China’s rare earth monopoly

Original article by – Page: Online : 12-Sep-19

China houses around 85 per cent of the world’s rare earths production capacity, with rare earths used in the making of products such as magnets and batteries, as well as having defence industry applications. The US imports around 75 per cent of its rare earths needs from China, and there is concern China could use this dominance as a weapon in the current China-US trade war. The Australian government recently flagged 15 rare earths mining projects that it will back as part of a combined effort with the US to combat China’s market dominance; the projects involve funding of $US$3.9 billion ($5.7 billion).


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