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September 1, 2009
China rides green revolution, limiting export of rare metals

China is tightening controls over some of the world’s most obscure but valuable materials. The Asian economic superpower currently produces more than 90 percent of the world’s so-called “rare earth metals,” which are used in everything from green technology to military hardware. The Chinese government is now taking major steps to limit the availability of rare elements to the rest of the world.

Marcus Mabry, international business editor of The New York Times, joins Daljit Dhaliwal to discuss these rare materials and the implications of China restricting their export.

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#4

[…] China’s rare earth minerals Hey Guys I saw this on World Focus and found it to interesting and embarrassing if your from the US. What do you guys think? China rides green revolution, limiting export of rare metals | Worldfocus […]

#3

And the plot thickens

#2

Why get into R & D when others can do it for free.

#1

And the plot thickens

“rare-earth magnets” But demand is surging now because of wind turbines and hybrid vehicles

Simple supply and demand or ?

and that is why more and more of that manufacturing is moving to China

Well now, if China could make a bearing that would last I’d be a little worried but with virtually no R&D skill in manufacturing or quality control over the simplest venture I have to wonder where the material is earmarked for delivery ?

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