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China’s Arctic Ambitions

China’s appetite for raw materials has become a source of concern from Afghanistan and Mongolia to Peru and Zambia. Now, these tensions appear to have spread to Greenland, where the prospect of Chinese encroachment...

China’s Part in Afghanistan Mining Boom

A New York Times article on the rush for Afghanistan’s estimated trillion-dollar natural resources includes details of Chinese companies’ involvement. Already this summer, the China National Petroleum Corporation, in...

WTO to Probe China’s Rare-Earth Policies

After the request by the European Union, Japan, and the United States for the World Trade Organization to examine China’s rare-earth industry, the WTO will probe into China’s rare-earth policies, from AFP:The decision was taken...

Rare White Paper Published on Rare Earths

China’s State Council on Wednesday issued its first white paper on the controversial rare-earth metal sector, hailing its developmental achievements but also acknowledging the environmental consequences of and promising...

China Reaches Out on Rare Earth

Export quotas on China’s rare earth minerals were called into question last month at the WTO, not the first time China has been multilaterally confronted over this issue. The Wall Street Journal reports on what may be...

Pollution In Fashion and Under Rugs

Outsourced pollution is a convenient effect of outsourced manufacturing. A paper in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences last year found that once it was taken into account, developed countries’ apparent 2%...

Obama Announces WTO Case Against China

As China tries to get a firm grasp on its control of rare earth metals, the EU, Japan, and the US have rallied together to file a case against China at the WTO. China produces a majority of the 17 rare earth metals that are...

China Consolidates Grip on Rare Earths

The ongoing saga of China’s control over rare earth metals is impacting the cost of a number of high-tech goods that use the minerals in manufacturing, including environmentally-friendly compact fluorescent light bulbs,...

Pepe Escobar: China Rules the Rare Earth

On Al Jazeera, Pepe Escobar writes about China’s domination of the market for rare earth elements, and how the fight for the precious resource will impact global foreign policy in coming years: Oil wars? Water wars? Sure...

Why Nobody But China Produces Rare Earth Metals

The discovery of massive rare earth deposits on the Pacific floor could, claims Japan’s Asahi Shimbun, “end China’s virtual monopoly on the metals”. From The Wall Street Journal: The Japanese team found...

China Moves to Consolidate Rare-earths Industry

China is making some changes to its rare earth industry, which has been under attack by trade partners who claim the country is maintaining a global monopoly on the valuable resource. From MarketWatch: China plans to consolidate...

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