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Chinese Authorities Detain Employee of Japanese Rare Metal Company

Chinese authorities have detained two Chinese nationals, one of whom was employed by Nippon Kinzoku, a Japanese metal trading company. The other detainee worked for a Chinese state-owned enterprise. Both companies are engaged in the rare metal businesses. {1}

The arrests may have been motivated by suspicion that the detained individuals have leaked technical information related to rare earth metals. Beijing regards such metals as a strategic resource and is tightening its control over export of the metals as well as associated technical knowledge. {2} Such metals are crucial for powering electric vehicles.

These recent detentions may result in increased pressure on the companies in question.

{1} Kyodo News, October 23, 2023

{2} Chinascope, October 24, 2023

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