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Rare earths – more than trade war weapons

China's strategy to control the lifeblood of US high-tech sector North of 60 Mining News – June 7, 2019

 

Last updated 9/25/2020 at 4:54pm

Mountain Pass Bokan Mountain REE trade war rare earth strategy

Peggy Greb, U.S. Department of Agriculture

China has a near monopoly on the processing of the 17 rare earth elements that are increasingly important to a growing number of high-technology applications. Clockwise from top center: praseodymium, cerium, lanthanum, neodymium, samarium, and gadolinium.

When it comes to rare earths, China has a strategy that goes beyond using these high-tech elements as ammunition for the next salvo in a trade war with the United States.

This strategy, which was set into motion around 1980, involves gaining an advantage in high-tech manufacturing by controlling the first three links of the rare earth element supply chain – mining, processing and value-added...



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