China note! EU-member Sweden locates rare earth deposits

              FILE - Reindeer herder Niila Inga from the Laevas Sami community walks across the snow as the sun sets on Longastunturi mountain near Kiruna, Sweden, on Nov. 27, 2019. A Swedish government-owned iron ore mining company says it has identified “significant deposits” of rare earth elements in Arctic Sweden that are essential for the manufacture of electric vehicles and wind turbines. LKAB's CEO said the quantity of rare earth metals exceeds 1 million tons and is the largest known deposit of its kind in Europe. Sweden's Energy and Business Minister said "the EU’s self-sufficiency and independence from Russia and China will begin in the mine.” (AP Photo/Malin Moberg)