Rare Earth Minerals
Rare earth minerals are becoming a consistent theme in US diplomacy and trade policy.
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 massive rare earth mineral discovery could break China’s monopoly and recast bilateral relations between the two countries.
Last week’s election result has brought more questions than answers concerning the future of Greenland’s mining industry.
China’s rare earth mineral quota and Indonesia’s metal export ban are both proving a headache for importers in the developed world.
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.