China said it will restrict exports of two metals vital in semiconductors, 5G base stations and solar panels, starting next month.

By guest author Slati Meyer from the Wall Street Journal.

July 2, 2023



A solar farm in New Mexico. The U.S. has taken steps to reduce China’s dominance over the U.S. solar market. PHOTO: SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN/ASSOCIATED PRESS


Industry executives see the bans on gallium and germanium as retaliation for limits the U.S. and others have put on sales of chips and chip-making equipment to China, which Washington says will prevent Beijing from developing technologies that might give it an edge in areas critical to national security. China says those measures are meant to contain its economic rise. Both countries want to dominate in areas such as AI, quantum computing and clean-energy technology.