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

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Stairs lead down into a vast tailings dam that contains heavily polluted water near Xinguang village, located on the outskirts of the city of Baotou in China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region in this October 2010 picture. The massive Baogang corporation, located on the outskirts of Baotou city, churns out rare earth metals on a vast scale, and villagers living near the smelting plants say air and water toxins from the plants and dam were poisoning them, their water, crops and children.

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