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China to step up controls on rare earth exports

China plans to step up controls on exports of rare earths to protect and better use the strategically important resource, said the National Development and Reform Commission, the top economic planner,  in a meeting attended by industy experts on Tuesday.

The meeting suggested setting up a mechanism to track and review the entire process of rare earth exports, and meanwhile, strengthenjng crackdown on illegal production and smuggling of the minerals to protect the environment.

Last month, Chinese President Xi Jinping visited one of China’s major rare earth mining and prcessing triggered the speculation that China could use its dominant . . .

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