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China quietly lifts its rare earth export quotas

The move has implications for industrial nations held to ransom by Beijing's quotas

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A low-profile announcement by China on New Year's eve - that it had abandoned export quotas on "rare earths" - has had powerful significance for Japan and other industrial nations, which have been scrambling for alternative supply sources for several years.

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A LOW-PROFILE announcement by China on New Year's eve - that it had abandoned export quotas on "rare earths" - has had powerful significance for Japan and other industrial nations, which have been scrambling for alternative supply sources for several years.

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