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China Pledges to Supply Rare Earths to World, South Korea Says

China pledged to supply Japan and other countries with rare-earth metals, sales of which were reportedly disrupted last month during a territorial dispute that soured relations between Asia’s two largest economies.

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao made the vow during a trilateral meeting with counterparts from Japan and South Korea, Kim Hee Jung, a spokeswoman for South Korean President Lee Myung Bak, told reporters today in Hanoi. All three are attending meetings in Vietnam hosted by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.