China holds firm on rare earth quotas

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Series Details 15.7.11
Publication Date 15/07/2011
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The European Union has accused China of restricting exports of rare earth metals essential for the production of mobile phones and other high-tech gadgets.

After months of lobbying from Brussels, Washington and Tokyo, China released new quota figures on the 14 July 2011 which would keep exports of the strategic materials on par with 2010 levels.

Related Links
ESO: Background information: MEPs want 'risk radar' for raw materials
European Commission: DG Trade: Press Release, 14.7.11: Statement on China’s announcement of rare earths quotas for 2011 by EU Trade Spokesman John Clancy
EurActiv, 25.7.11: China vows to appeal raw materials WTO case

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