The World Trade Organization has ruled against China in a case that challenged the nation’s restrictions on exports of rare-earth metals, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday, citing Chinese government officials. The United States, the European Union and Japan asked the WTO last year to investigate whether China breached WTO rules by imposing export quotas in 2010 on rare earths and the minor metals molybdenum and tungsten, the report said. Beijing said the policy was a way to control an environmentally polluting industry. The WTO hasn’t published its decision and couldn’t immediately be reached for comment Wednesday. China still controls about 95 percent of global production and is likely to appeal against the decision, it said.
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