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China boosts rare-earth output amid growing tech war with US

New quota is 30% higher than last year as demand for EVs and robotics soars

Trucks haul ore at a Jiangxi Copper mine in Dexing, China.    © Reuters

BEIJING -- In a move seen as a defensive measure against possible future U.S.-led trade bans, China has increased its production quota for rare-earth metals by close to 30% for the first half of this year.

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