Volume 90 Issue 12 | p. 8 | News of The Week
Issue Date: March 19, 2012

China Pressured On Rare Earths

Trade: The U.S., Europe, and Japan ask the World Trade Organization to review China’s export restrictions
Department: Government & Policy
Keywords: China trade, rare earths, exports, WTO

The U.S. joined forces with the European Union and Japan last week in filing a complaint with the World Trade Organization (WTO) challenging China’s restrictions on exports of rare-earth minerals, which are crucial to the manufacture of many high-tech goods and alternative energy products.

The three trade powers formally requested “consultations” with China, the first step in the WTO dispute settlement process. If the matter is not resolved through negotiation, the world trade arbiter could . . .

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