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The U.S.-China rare earths battle

How one mine in California is trying to challenge Beijing's dominance

 The Mountain Pass Rare Earth Mine in California is the U.S.'s only active rare-earth producer. (Photo courtesy of MP Materials)

MOUNTAIN PASS, U.S. -- In the high desert of Southern California, a vast open pit has become a battleground in the global struggle for industrial supremacy.

Giant yellow trucks are again shuttling ore from the once-defunct Mountain Pass Rare Earth Mine -- and the revival is happening with a patriotic twist.

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