China Halts Rare Earth Sales to Japan Over Fisherman's Detention, NYT Says
China’s government has put an embargo on sales to Japan of rare earths, minerals used in hybrid cars and electrics parts, because of a dispute over detention of a fishing captain, the New York Times reported today, citing industry figures it didn’t name.
Chinese customs halted mineral shipments because Japan has refused to free a Chinese fishing captain who is being held after his boat collided with coast guard vessels in waters near islands claimed by both nations, according to the report.
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