WTO rules against China on rare-earths policy
The World Trade Organization said China’s export restrictions on rare earths, molybdenum and tungsten, are incompatible with WTO rules. Rare earths are used in products such as DVDs and mobile phones.
China accounts for more than 90 percent of their global production, and it has put limits on their exports, which it says are aimed at reducing pollution and conserving resources.
The panel report said China proved that the production of rare earths, tungsten and molybdenum, could damage the environment and the health of animals and plants but that it did not provide proof that the duty served a protective purpose or made a substantive contribution to protection.