China begins rare earths survey

Business | 11 Jun 2019 7:30 pm

China launched a survey of rare earth resources in seven regions yesterday, the China Securities 
Journal reported today, amid speculation Beijing may curb exports of the materials to the United States, Reuters reports. 
The newspaper, controlled by Xinhua, said the state planner National Development and Reform Commission, industry ministry and the natural resources ministry began the survey in areas including Inner Mongolia and Jiangxi province. 
Local authorities in the surveyed regions must provide specific data and cases on major issues in protecting, developing and applying the resources, according to the official newspaper. 
Beijing also asked these provinces to share thoughts and suggestions on how to improve the supply security of strategic mining resources like rare earths. 
The ministries could not immediately be reached for comment outside normal business hours. 

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