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'Plenty Of Cards To Play': Chinese Media Suggest Cutting Rare Earth Exports To U.S.

Rare earths are used in communications, health care and national security. China blocked rare earths to Japan in 2010, but analysts say the threat — regardless of the trade war — may be hollow.
A worker in China shifts soil containing rare earth minerals intended for export in 2010. Source: STR

China is ready to capitalize on its dominance as an exporter of rare earth minerals by cutting its exports to the U.S., Chinese media reported Wednesday.

Rare earths are a group of elements with unique properties that are used in cell phones, hybrid cars and cancer treatment. They also play an important role in

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