In Pictures: Advanced tech conflict, China's rare earth stranglehold

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A worker shovels cast-off tailings out of a channel sluicing crushed mineral ore containing rare earths to a disposal dam on the edge of the city of Baotou, in China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. The sludge has been rejected by large rare earth smelters nearby but workers sell it to smaller operators eager for a slice of China's rare earth metals business.

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