US: China Must Clarify Rare Earth Exports
Kevin Costner, center, arrives at Federal Court on Thursday, June 14, 2012 in New Orleans. A jury is set to hear closing arguments in the trial for Stephen Baldwin's lawsuit against Costner over their multimillion dollar business dispute in the aftermath of the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The lawsuit accuses Costner and Smith of duping Baldwin and friend Spyridon Contogouris over their investments in an oil cleanup device that BP used after the spill. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) / Gerald Herbert
Speaking at a news conference in Honolulu with Japan's foreign minister, Clinton said recent Chinese restrictions on sales of rare earths served as a "wake-up call" for the international community, which has increasingly relied on China for the production of the minerals.
Clinton and Japanese Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara both called for developed countries to diversify the sources of rare earths, 97 percent of which are controlled by China.
Clinton is in Hawaii, where she is meeting top brass from the U.S. Pacific Command and Japan's foreign minister to discuss regional security issues dominated by an increasingly assertive China.
Clinton arrived in Honolulu on Wednesday at the start of a seven-nation trip to Asia that is aimed at cementing ties with some of China's nervous neighbors. It's part of the Obama administration's efforts to counter Beijing's growing clout in a region where America has traditionally been the dominant power.
Before leaving for Vietnam on Thursday, Clinton will meet with U.S. Pacific Command chief Adm. Robert Willard, and deliver a speech on America's leadership role in the Asia-Pacific region.
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