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China explores rare earth export curbs to target U.S. defence industry - FT

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Feb 16 (Reuters) - China is looking into curbing the exportsof rare earth minerals that are crucial to U.S. defencecontractors such as Lockheed Martin Corp for themanufacture of sophisticated weaponry and F-35 fighter jets, theFinancial Times reported on Tuesday.

"The government wants to know if the U.S. may have troublemaking F-35 fighter jets if China imposes an export ban," the FTreport https://on.ft.com/3u1YyQX said, quoting a Chinesegovernment adviser.(Reporting by Shubham Kalia in Bengaluru; Editing by JacquelineWong)