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German industrial companies are concerned that China may block their access to commodities such as rare earth metals, the Financial Times Deutschland said, citing a document presented yesterday by a lobby group.

German industrial companies are concerned that China may block their access to commodities such as rare earth metals, the Financial Times Deutschland said, citing a document presented yesterday by a lobby group.

China’s export restrictions on rare earth metals are an “unfriendly act,” the newspaper quoted German Economy Minister Rainer Bruederle as saying yesterday. A scarcity of metals such as tungsten and germanium is causing difficulties for sectors including wind turbine makers, makers of electronics and car companies, the newspaper said.

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