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Rare Earth Elements

  • Ming Hwa TingEmail author
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Part of the The Political Economy of the Asia Pacific book series (PEAP)

Abstract

This chapter investigates the current rare earth elements trade in the Asia-Pacific Region. It begins by noting the elements that fall within this category of minerals, noting their rarity. It then looks at the trade in the commodity and some of the issues associated with its supply chain. In the last part of the chapter I examine the tension between Japan and the United States over China's restriction of exports to these countries. The chapter concludes with some speculation about the future of the trade.

Abbreviations

CCP

Chinese Communist Party

DSB

Dispute Settlement Body

GATT

General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade

GFC

Global Financial Crisis

HHI

Herfindahl-Hirschman Index

OPEC

Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries

US

United States

USGS

United States Geological Survey

USD

US Dollar

WTO

World Trade Organization

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of AdelaideAdelaideAustralia

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