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China tightens rare-earth regulations, policing entire supply chain

Stricter export controls give Beijing leverage amid US tensions

A machine extracts rare-earth materials at the Bayan Obo mine in Inner Mongolia, China.   © Reuters

BEIJING -- China will strengthen regulation over the rare-earth metals industry, from mining to exports, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said Friday, in what some see as its latest response to ongoing tensions with the U.S.

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