TOKYO, Nov 24 (Reuters) - Japan-bound rare earth shipments have left China, Japan's trade minister Akihiro Ohata said on Wednesday, confirming the resumption of a de-facto suspension by Beijing on exports of the minerals since late September. Japanese companies have complained of restrictions on shipments of the minerals by Chinese customs officials since late September amid a spat over disputed islands in the East China Sea. [ID:nTOE6AI00] China produces 97 percent of the world's rare ...
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