WTO to Probe China's Rare-Earth Policies

The World Trade Organization has set up a panel to probe China's rare-earth export policies, a widely expected move following requests by the U.S., the European Union and Japan, the trade body said in a report on its website Tuesday.

The trade dispute centers on China's dominance of the production of 17 metallic minerals that are essential for a range of sensitive cutting-edge technologies, including missile-defense systems, wind turbines and smartphones.

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