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Inner Mongolia NPC delegation: Establish rare earth center in Baotou

2023-03-06 (chinadaily.com.cn)

The Inner Mongolia delegation to the first session of the 14th National People's Congress will submit the motion to establish a national rare earth new material technology innovation center in Baotou city in North China's Inner Mongolia autonomous region.

This is according to the plenary meeting held by the Inner Mongolia delegation in Beijing on March 3.

Rare earth includes 17 elements, which are divided into "light rare earth" elements and "heavy rare earth" elements.

Baiyun Ebo, in the jurisdiction of Baotou city, has a large number of rock-type light rare earth deposits.

In 2020, the total global rare earth reserves and production equated to 120 million metric tons and 240,000 tons respectively. Of these figures, the reserves and production in China accounted for 38 percent and 58 percent of the global total.

Rare earth is not only widely used in traditional fields such as metallurgy, petrochemicals, and glass ceramics, but also occupy an important position in fields such as permanent magnet materials, polishing materials, hydrogen storage materials, and catalytic materials.

Of note, the Baotou Rare Earth High-tech Industrial Development Zone, which was established in 1992, is the only national-level high-tech industrial development zone named after rare earth resources in China.