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Official defends China's rare earth regulations

04-26-2012 08:09 BJT Special Report:Rare earth restriction |

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A Chinese government official has responded to the dispute, saying that regulations are aimed at protecting the environment and sustaining growth, which are in line with WTO rules. Zhu Hongren, chief engineer for the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, reiterated that none of the regulations, including production caps, export quota cuts and stricter emission standards, have broken WTO rules.

Zhu also had a warning. He said that the environment will suffer greatly if rare earth exploitation is not regulated.

Zhu said, "As a member of WTO, China respects its mechanism of settlement. Such a mechanism is for members to explain and defend, rather than to obey other members once the case is brought. China is willing to cooperate with companies from America, Japan and EU, which have both advanced technology and resources, in recycling rare earth metals, improving its efficiency and developing substitutes for the metals."



Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: CNTV.CN

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