China's biggest producer of rare earth metals, the Baotou Group, has announced it will continue a production stop into 2013.
SOE Baotou wants to force up demand for the metals, which are used to make hi-tech products.
Chinese high-speed train makers are increasingly selling their products to Western countries. Experts say the established European firms in the sector urgently need to develop strategies to counter the competition.
If Russia were to boycott space missions due to the Ukraine crisis, the results would be dramatic for the United States and Europe. Without Russian technology, Western countries' missions couldn't get off the ground.
The US and China have agreed to restart stalled negotiations on an investment treaty, with Beijing dropping efforts to protect some economic sectors. But talks struck a sour note over China's handling of Edward Snowden.
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