In 2010, China, then home to 40% of the world’s proven rare-earth reserves, accounted for...
by Melissa M. Chan | Jul 24, 2012
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...
by Samuel Wade | Apr 12, 2012
As the US, EU and Japan pursue a WTO case against China for allegedly abusing its near monopoly over rare earth supplies, China Daily argues that tightening control is a necessary environmental protection measure, not an...
by Sophie Beach | Aug 24, 2011
China’s policy on rare earth minerals, used in the manufacturing of numerous high-tech goods including cell phones and hybrid cars, has been under scrutiny over the past year as the country holds a near monopoly on the...
by Sophie Beach | May 19, 2011
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...
by Sophie Beach | Mar 15, 2011
Despite the fact that China now controls about 95% of global supply of rare earth elements, the country may need to import the minerals to meet rising domestic demand, Bloomberg reports: “China may eventually need to import the...
by cdtstaff | Feb 16, 2011
In 2009, Chinese state-owned China Non-Ferrous Metal Mining (Group) Co.was in talks with Australian rare earth mining company, Lynas Corp., to become the majority stakeholder in developing a new mine at Mount Weld, the site of...
by Paulina Hartono | Oct 29, 2010
Reporting from Baotou, Keith Bradsher of the New York Times writes on the rare earths situation on the ground in China, in light of the recently lifted trade embargo: China feels entitled to call the shots because of a brutally...
by Sophie Beach | Oct 28, 2010
The New York Times has the latest in the saga of China’s rare earth exports: The Chinese government abruptly ended on Thursday its unannounced embargo of exports of crucial strategic minerals to the United States, Europe...
by Sophie Beach | Oct 23, 2010
On the Council of Foreign Relations blog, Elizabeth Economy writes about the recent brouhaha over China’s announcement that it will limit exports of rare earth metals: Why does this matter so much? Rare earths, such as...
by Sophie Beach | Oct 21, 2010
CNN reports on the growing trade dispute over rare earth elements, after the Chinese government has given conflicting messages about whether the country will further restrict exports in the coming year: Ground zero of a possible...
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