Sunday, August 6, 2017

Llewellyn King — China’s Not So Secret Weapons — Rare Earths

In October 1973, the world shuddered when the Arab members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries imposed an oil embargo on the United States and other nations that provided military aid to Israel in the Yom Kippur war. At the same time, they ramped up prices.
The United States realized it was dependent on imported oil — and much of that came from the Middle East, with Saudi Arabia the big swing producer. It shook the nation. How had a few foreign powers put a noose around the neck of the world’s largest economy?
Well, it could happen again and very soon. The commodity that could bring us to our knees isn’t oil, but rather a group of elements known as rare earths, falling between 21 and 71 on the periodic table. This time, just one country is holding the noose: China.
China controls the world’s production and distribution of rare earths. It produces more than 92 percent of them and holds the world in its hand when it comes to the future of almost anything in high technology.
The new oil?

Inside Sources
China’s Not So Secret Weapons — Rare Earths
Llewellyn King


Dan Lynch said...

In the long run I don't think China has much leverage because rare earths are also found on the bottom of the ocean.

Pacific Ocean Seabed Rich in Rare Earth Minerals

Matt Franko said...

"Peak rare-earths!!!"