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Topic - Zhu Hongren
China said Thursday it will not use exports of rare earths, exotic minerals required by high-tech industry, as a diplomatic "bargaining tool" while Washington pressed Beijing to clarify its policy following its de facto ban on supplies to Japan.
"China will not use rare earths as a bargaining tool," said a spokesman for the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, Zhu Hongren, at a news conference. "Rather, on the basis of cooperation, development and a win-win outcome, we will have cooperation with other countries in the use of rare earths, because it is a nonrenewable energy resource."
"China has exercised orderly management over the exploitation, production and export of rare earths. This is in line with relevant regulations of the World Trade Organization," Zhu said. "Our production, use and export of rare earths are based on our considerations for economic development and environmental protection."