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Breaking China's grip on rare earths should be an AUKUS mission

Beijing has too much control over critical materials vital to advanced technology

| U.S.
The open pit mine of Molycorp's Mountain Pass rare earth facility in California, pictured in September 2009: the U.S. cannot make the same mistake again.   © Los Angeles Times/Getty Images

Liam Gibson is a Taipei-based geopolitical analyst and the founder of Policy People, a podcast and newsletter platform for think tank experts. He currently serves as the international public relations director at the Taiwan-based NGO, Asia-Pacific Youth Association.

With their unique properties, partly commercial commodity, mostly strategic asset, rare earth elements embody Chinese state capitalism like few other resources.

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