China Controls 95% of World's Trade in Rare Minerals

Yet more evidence that we’re screwed….

China recently developed its first stealth fighter jet, the J-20


China creates rare earth strategic reserves
Breitbart – Feb 8, 2011

China is building up strategic reserves of rare earth metals in a move that could give it better control over the resource so indispensable to high tech products, the Wall Street Journal reported. Storage facilities have been built in recent months in the northern region of Inner Mongolia with the capacity to hold more than the 39,813 tonnes of the metals China exported last year, the paper said. But details of the strategic reserves have not been made public, it added on Monday.
China controls about 95 percent of the global trade for the 17 minerals that collectively make up the rare earth metals market.
The metals, prized for their special chemical or electromagnetic properties, are used in making mobile phones, batteries for hybrid cars, wind turbines, flat-screen televisions and other high tech products.
According to a report issued by the US Geological Survey in November, about 36 percent of the world’s reserves of the metals are in China.
With the prices of rare earth metals rising on average by about 130 percent last year, mining companies in countries such as Australia have stepped up efforts to extract the minerals.  But according to the Wall Street Journal, a new mine could take a decade to develop, so the processing of rare earth elements will remain concentrated in China for years. Last month, China brought 11 rare earth mines under state control as Beijing consolidated the industry — a move analysts said could drive up prices of the elements.  In December, China also tightened control over the metals by slashing quotas for overseas shipments by some 35 percent for the first half of 2011, as well as hiking export taxes.An association regrouping China’s top 90 companies dealing in the extraction and processing of rare earth will also be formed and begin operating by May, a report in the Huaxia Times said late last month.
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9 years ago

We need to be very careful when interpreting China’s moves on these resources. Firstly, China cannot help but have them as they were there since the Creation. It’s not as if China has taken them from another nation. Secondly, because US and other nations moved so much first-order manufacturing to China for cheap labour, China now needs these to perform what these firms expect. Thirdly, China extracted these in an incredibly labourious, polluting way, none of which would be tolerated or accepted by other nations. China simply said she will retain what she must to fulfill her obligations, and can… Read more »

9 years ago
Reply to  Dr. Eowyn

These are metals that are related, found grouped in the Periodic Table of the Elements. They are used in relatively minute amounts to improve other metals and materials, never on their sole utility. As far as use goes, they can be found in every cell phone, every computer, all hybrid cars, all micro-technological gadgets, and more applications are devised daily. Among the formerly US or Canada-based firms now having their products made in China and using these materials are the usual suspects: Dell, Apple, Microsoft, Motorola, GE, AT&T, Nortel, etc., etc. The decision was made after WW2 to break the… Read more »

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9 years ago

My neighbors back in 1990s were Christians from India of Tibetan ancestory. They told me that China will never “Free Tibet” due to the mineral wealth.

9 years ago

Yes, this has considerable truth in it, as I understand from reading history. And now we’ve recently heard from the Pentagon that “vast mineral wealth has been discovered” throughout Afghanistan. In truth, these minerals have been known for more than a century from British, German, and US explorations. The Romans, and other folk prized the lapis lazuli stone from there [], for more than 5,000 years. The Afghanis have always had their peculiar culture, which they guard fiercely. It will be a good day when we’re out of that Hell on Earth and leave them to their own devises, as… Read more »