Eyeing China, Pentagon briefs new report on rare earth minerals

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Defense Department has briefed Congress on a report on rare earth minerals as it looks to reduce American reliance on China, a Pentagon spokesman told Reuters on Wednesday, amid mounting concern in Washington about Beijing's role as a supplier.

Reuters May 30, 2019 04:05:43 IST
Eyeing China, Pentagon briefs new report on rare earth minerals

Eyeing China Pentagon briefs new report on rare earth minerals

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Defense Department has briefed Congress on a report on rare earth minerals as it looks to reduce American reliance on China, a Pentagon spokesman told Reuters on Wednesday, amid mounting concern in Washington about Beijing's role as a supplier.

"The department continues to work closely with the president, Congress and the industrial base to mitigate U.S. reliance on China for rare earth minerals," said Lieutenant Colonel Mike Andrews, a spokesman.

(This story corrects to say that Pentagon clarified that it has briefed, not submitted, the new report to Congress)

(Reporting by Phil Stewart and Andrea Shalal; editing by Jonathan Oatis and Sonya Hepinstall)

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