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Trade war

China moves to shut spigot on rare earths for first time in 5 years

US vows 'unprecedented action' to boost domestic output

Soil containing rare earth elements are transported in a port in China's Jiangsu Province. The materials are used in a wide range of products.   © Reuters

BEIJING/NEW YORK -- The Chinese government signaled Tuesday that it will take steps toward restricting rare-earth metal exports in its deepening trade war with the U.S., a step that could disrupt key supplies for high-tech industries even at the risk of isolation from the international community.

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