Rare Earth Elements

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


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.



Chinese Communist Party


Dispute Settlement Body


General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade


Global Financial Crisis


Herfindahl-Hirschman Index


Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries


United States


United States Geological Survey


US Dollar


World Trade Organization


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of AdelaideAdelaideAustralia

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