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China Drafting Rare Earth Rules on Mining, Association Says

China, the world’s largest producer of rare earths, is drafting rules to crack down on illegal mining, reduce pollution and prevent price wars, an industry association said today.

They are at the proposal stage and a long way from becoming laws, said Chen Zhanheng, a spokesman at the Association of China Rare Earth Industry in Beijing. The group has extensive contacts with various ministries and is in charge of drafting rules on the issue, although it isn’t affiliated with the government, he said.