Rare earth magnets are displayed in a showroom in Baotou, Inner Mongolia, China. (Photographer: Nelson Ching/Bloomberg)

How China Overpowered the U.S. to Win the Battle for Rare Earths 

(Bloomberg) -- It was Beijing’s decision almost 30 years ago to make rare earths a strategic material, and ban foreigners from mining them, that helped pave the way for China to elbow aside the U.S...

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