Australia vows to step up production of rare-earth materials

13 August 2019

Key Points

  • Australia says it wants to guarantee the supply of rare-earth materials for itself and allies, including the UK and the US
  • The move comes as US-China trade war intensifies and China threatens rare-earth export restrictions

Australia will look to position itself as a supplier of rare-earth materials used to produce high-tech military systems, the country’s Defence Minister Linda Reynolds said on 12 August.

Speaking at a conference in Perth on Indo-Pacific defence issues, Reynolds said Australia’s resources of such materials could be used to support allies such as the United Kingdom and the United States.

Her comments come as the US-China trade war intensifies, with potential ramifications for China’s exports of rare-earth materials.

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