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Getting China Out of Mineral Supply Chains Will Take Closer Cooperation With Africa: Report

The United States is increasingly focused on lessening its dependence on China for critical minerals. While some key rare earth minerals are mined in China, its involvement is much broader in mineral refining and battery manufacturing.

Many of the refined minerals sourced from China originally come from Africa. However, at present, the U.S. has relatively weak engagement with African countries on sourcing them directly.

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