China ‘huffs and puffs’ on rare earths, but history suggests more sound than fury

By William Clarke
Published: Thursday, 30 May 2019

The government in Beijing appears to be preparing for restrictions in the supply of rare earths, but market sources said that previous similar attempts only served to support production of such materials outside China.

By William Clarke and Cristina Belda

Recent hints that emerged from Beijing about possible restrictions on exports of rare earths appeared to be good news for non-Chinese producers, but any limitations would only harm China’s dominance of the rare earth market, informed sources have told Fastmarkets.

There is widespread...