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US and Australia form scrum to break China's rare-earth grip

Washington looks to ally to end reliance on trade war rival

A miner looks across a mine in Kalgoorlie, located around 500 kilometers east of Perth, Australia.    © Reuters

SYDNEY -- The U.S. and Australia are partnering more closely on mining and processing rare earths in a bid to weaken China's grip on the supply of materials used in everything from smartphones to fighter jets.

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