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China May Be Reaching for Its Rare Earths Gun

May 30, 2019 | 06:30 GMT
Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to a rare earth element production factory in Jiangxi province on May 20 raised speculation that Beijing may be considering taking action on exports of the materials.

Chinese President Xi Jinping learns about the production process and operation of the JL MAG Rare-Earth Co. Ltd., as well as the development of the rare earth industry, in the city of Ganzhou in eastern China's Jiangxi province on May 20, 2019.

(Xinhua/via Getty Images)

Beijing has signaled its willingness to cut off U.S. access to some of the raw materials vital for batteries and other high-tech products. ...

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