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U.S., Japan, Australia, India to cooperate in ensuring stable supply of rare earths

Sunday’s Sankei gave front-page play to the finding on Saturday that Japan, the U.S., Australia, and India began strengthening cooperation toward ensuring a stable supply of rare metals, such as rare earth minerals and cobalt. They reportedly confirmed cooperation during director-general level talks held via video conference on Dec. 18. Noting that China is tightening its control over rare earths by unveiling on Friday a draft bill designed to strengthen control of rare earths, the paper wrote that the four nations are planning to expand their defense cooperation to include resource security in light of the threat posed by China.

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