Reuters took readers on a deep dive into how the United States wants to curb its reliance on China for specialized minerals used to make weapons and high-tech equipment, but it faces a Catch-22. The U.S. only has one rare earths mine – and government scientists have been told not to work with it because of its Chinese ties. The saga surrounding California’s Mountain Pass mine illustrates the competing pressures facing U.S. officials looking to resurrect the industry.
Reuters gives insight into U.S. looking to secure weapons-grade minerals without China
22 April 2020, 12:00 am 1 minute
Type: Reuters Best
Sectors: Commodities & Energy
Story Types: Special Report / Insight