Investigation reveals involvement of government in the Chinese rare earth black market

By Antonio Torrisi
Published: Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Recent reports detail the spreading corruption among high ranking government officials and, specifically, their involvement in China’s rare earths mining highlight the difficulty faced by Beijing in dismantling the country’s domestic black market, which is seriously impacting the industry and environment.

Chinese government investigations have uncovered a chain of corruption involving several high ranking officials in the country’s rare earths industry, according to Chinese television reports.

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Illegal mining is widespread in China's rare earths industry (Source: Al Jazeera English)

Government-led investigations showed that companies smuggling in Inner Mongolia and Jiangxi province...

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