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Rare-earth metals, clockwise from top center: praseodymium, cerium, lanthanum, neodymium, samarium and gadolinium.

China could restrict its export of rare-earth metals as a trade-war tactic. Here’s what they are and why they’re so crucial.

China controls a lion's share of the planet's rare-earth elements, which are hard to mine and used in everything from missile tech to smartphones.
Rare earths, clockwise from top center: Praseodymium, cerium, lanthanum, neodymium, samarium and gadolinium.

From iPhones to fighter jets: Here’s a list of American products that could be affected if China banned rare-earth metal exports to the US as a ...

A Chinese ban on rare-earth exports to the US could cripple the US tech, defense, and energy industries, whose supply chains rely on the minerals.
Chinese President Xi Jinping and Vice Premier Liu He (second from right) at the JL MAG Rare-Earth factory in Ganzhou city, eastern China, on May 20, 2019.

China has been dropping hints that it will weaponize its rare earths as a trade-war tactic. Here’s why it probably won’t follow through.

It wouldn't be in China's interests if the US and other countries looked to other sources for their rare-earth imports.
An F-35A joint strike fighter crew chief, Tech. Sgt. Brian West, watches his aircraft approach for the first time at Eglin Air Force Base on July 14, 2011.

China’s next move in the trade war could cripple US F-35 stealth fighter production

A number of different US defense products, including its stealth fighters, rely on rare earth elements, and China is threatening to pull the plug.
A composite image of US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

China drops heavy hint it is about to pull the trigger on its most powerful weapon in the trade war

The US heavily relies on China for rare-earth materials, which are found in products like batteries, smartphones, electric cars, and fighter jets.
Chinese President Xi Jinping and Vice Premier Liu He (second from right) at the JL MAG Rare-Earth factory in Ganzhou city, eastern China, on May 20, 2019.

Xi Jinping may have shown how he plans to cripple US tech and defense giants in the trade war with a visit to a Chinese magnet factory

The US relies heavily on Chinese exports of rare-earth materials, which can be found in products like smartphones, Teslas, and fighter jets.

Here’s how much metal it takes to make your iPhone

Your iPhone is a complex piece of machinery. Each phone contains a number of metals, including titanium, iron and gold. But there is far more aluminum than any other material.