Why Rare Earths Could Give China a Trade War Cudgel

U.S. President Donald Trump’s threat to cut off the supply of chips and processors to Huawei Technologies Co. is hitting China’s biggest tech company where it hurts – its dependence on other nations for the semiconductors and software used in smartphones and networking gear. So when China’s President Xi Jinping showed up days later at a rare earths processing plant, many observers saw a message in the visit: the U.S. has its own tech vulnerabilities, too.

FULL STORY: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-05-20/rare-earths-the-u-s-china-trade-war-and-your-phone-quicktake

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