China bans export of rare earth processing technologies

China bans export of rare earth processing technologies

/ 07:36 PM December 21, 2023

China bans export of rare earth processing technologies

FILE PHOTO: A worker miniature is displayed with the flag of China in this illustration picture taken on July 6, 2023. REUTERS/Florence Lo/Illustration/File Photo

BEIJING — China, the world’s top processor of rare earths, on Thursday banned the export of technology to extract and separate the strategic metals, as it overhauled a list of technologies deemed key to national security.

The commerce ministry sought public opinion last December on the potential move to add the technology to its “Catalogue of Technologies Prohibited and Restricted from Export.”


It also banned the export of production technology for rare earth metals and alloy materials as well as technology to prepare some rare earth magnets.


In July, an influential trade policy adviser said China’s export controls on metals used in making semiconductors are “just a start,” as it ramps up a tech fight with the United Staes days before US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen visits Beijing.

READ: China adviser warns chipmaking export curbs are ‘just a start’, as Yellen visit looms

China’s abrupt announcement of controls from Aug. 1 on exports of some gallium and germanium products, which are used in electric vehicles (EVs) and fiber optic cables, has sent companies scrambling to secure supplies and bumped up prices.

Germanium is also used in high-speed computer chips, plastics, and in military applications such as night-vision devices as well as satellite imagery sensors. Gallium is also used in building radars and radio communication devices, satellites and LEDs.


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