"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."
"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."