Rare earth fears become reality

By Mark Watts
Published: Thursday, 15 July 2010

China’s decision to cut annual rare earth exports by 40% will likely lead to supply shortages and surging prices for the rest of the world

Global fears over Chinese control of rare earth supply became reality this week as the country tightened its grip on exports for the second half of the year.

While many expected China – the world’s rare earths production hub – to cut exports gradually, the new quota announced last week...

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