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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.

Ray Dalio warns the US-China trade war may be evolving as signs mount of a ‘major escalation’

Hedge-fund billionaire Ray Dalio warned America's Huawei ban and China's rare-earths threat could turn the "tariff war" into an "export embargo war."

Global stocks plunge after China hints it could unleash a ‘powerful’ trade war weapon

Stocks fell on Wednesday after Chinese newspapers described a ban on rare-earth exports to the US as a "powerful weapon" in the trade war.

In Malaysia, a snag in US search for alternative to Chinese rare earths

The PH government has threatened to discontinue the operating licence of Australian miner Lynas Corporation, while the company is threatening legal action.
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.
Yasuhiro Kato, an associate professor of earth science at the University of Tokyo, displays a mud sample extracted from the depths of about 4,000 metres (13,123 ft) below the Pacific ocean surface where rare earth elements were found, at his laboratory in Tokyo July 5, 2011.

Japan just found a ‘semi-infinite’ deposit of rare-earth minerals — and it could be a ‘game-changer’ in competition with...

Japan could supply the world with rare-earth minerals for centuries, according to a new study.