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How Rare Earths (What?) Could Be Crucial in a ­.S.-China Trade War

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Lynas Corporation lab

Testing chemical solutions at Lynas Corporation. The company provides materials known as rare earths, which are used to make personal electronics like smartphones and televisions, and electric and hybrid cars.

Credit: Rahman Roslan for The New York Times

Amanda Lacaze grabbed her iPhone and rattled off the names of the special minerals needed to make it.

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