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Chinese rare-earth stocks rally after Xi's plant visit amid trade war

Didymium oxide, a combination of neodymium and praseodymium, is part of a family of minerals vital to producing the powerful magnets used in the engines of Toyota's Prius hybrid and generators in wind turbines.   © Reuters

HONG KONG (Nikkei Markets) -- Shares of Chinese rare-earth companies jumped in Hong Kong and mainland China on Tuesday amid speculation Beijing could use the materials, which are used in the production of electronics, electric vehicles and defense equipment, as a bargaining chip in the Sino-American trade war.

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