March 13th, 2012
12:19 AM ET

U.S. to file trade case against China over rare earths

The United States plans to announce Tuesday that it is filing a trade case over China's export restrictions on minerals that are crucial for the production of many high tech devices, a senior Obama administration official said.

The European Union and Japan will join the United States in the case, which aims to pressure China to lift export limits on certain minerals known as rare earths, the official said Monday.

China produces about 95% of all rare earths, which are used to make products like flat-screen televisions, smart phones and hybrid cars.

The United States will ask the World Trade Organization, the organization tasked with monitoring trade between nations, to serve as a facilitator in talks with China, according to the U.S. official.

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  1. drap

    I saw Rare Earth at one of those county fairs..I gotta tell you..I was not that impressed... .

    March 13, 2012 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
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  2. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    The President gives appologies to people that don't deserve them. Now the administration wants to mull and quibble over "dirt".

    March 13, 2012 at 1:00 am | Report abuse |
  3. High Hopes




    March 13, 2012 at 1:18 am | Report abuse |
  4. High Hopes

    I may be a naive national treasure, but...

    Damn, I'm good!


    Sweet Dreams...

    March 13, 2012 at 1:31 am | Report abuse |
  5. Niki

    Isn't the US building a pipline to china or something to that effect. I'm thinking were gonna get this oil sold to us at a discount but really China is bending over and farting in our face... kinda ... sorta. 😉 lol

    March 13, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Joseph C. Carbone III

    A late trade complaint against China is seen as a reelection strategy put on the sidelines while Americans greatly suffered for three more years; this is unacceptable of Pres. Obama.

    Incredibly Outrageous: This was needed more than three years ago, and anyone with sense knew of the need before and after Pres. Obama's campaign of change.

    Sincerely, Joseph C. Carbone III; 13 March 2012

    ★"˜¨¯¯¨˜"ª¤(¯`*•.¸(¯`*•.. The Hon. Dr. Ron Paul for 2012 ..•*´¯)¸.•*´¯)¤ª"˜¨¯¯¨˜"★

    March 13, 2012 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |