October 26, 2010 / 7:40 PM / in 9 years

Obama may raise China rare earth issue at G20-W.House

WASHINGTON, Oct 26 (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama could raise the issue of Chinese control of rare earth minerals with Beijing at the G20 meeting next month, the White House said on Tuesday.

“I think we are likely to see (Chinese) President Hu (Jintao) on the trip at the G20,” said White House spokesman Robert Gibbs.

He said the president’s national security and economic advisers were monitoring reports China may be exploiting its grip on rare earth metals, crucial in the making of everything from portable phones to wind turbines. [ID:nN26154092]

“If it is something that the security and economic teams think is important...certainly, we wouldn’t hesitate to bring it up,” Gibbs said.

Obama will attend the Group of 20 summit of advanced and emerging economic powers in South Korea between Nov. 10 and Nov. 12 as part of a four-country tour of Asia in which he will also visit India, Indonesia and Japan. (Reporting by Alister Bull; Editing by Jerry Norton)

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