Rare Earth Minerals

US and Australia Move to Break China’s Monopoly, Secure Access to Rare Earth Minerals

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, cc Flickr Gage Skidmore, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Rare earth minerals are becoming a consistent theme in US diplomacy and trade policy.

Can the U.S. Break China’s Rare Earth Monopoly?

A strip mine near Globe Arizona, circa 1990; cc Flickr Phillip Capper, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Rare earths have emerged as a new variable in the US-China trade war. Is China’s near-monopoly on these strategic resources its ultimate trump card, or will US producers be able to diversify supply amid the new normal of bilateral tension.

Japan’s Rare Earth Mineral Discovery Could be a Geopolitical Game Changer


Japan’s massive rare earth mineral discovery could break China’s monopoly and recast bilateral relations between the two countries.

Greenland Polls Yield No Clear Direction on Mining

Greenland CC Flickr Kitty Terwolbeck

Last week’s election result has brought more questions than answers concerning the future of Greenland’s mining industry.

Two Mineral Trade Disputes with Market Implications

Freeport Indonesia Surface Mine, cc Richarderari

China’s rare earth mineral quota and Indonesia’s metal export ban are both proving a headache for importers in the developed world.

China Misfires on Rare Earth Minerals


China’s embargo on rare earth mineral exports to Japan, instituted at the height of last month’s Sino-Japanese fishing boat spat, stands as an example of short-term domestic political considerations trumping long-term economic planning.

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