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China and the Geopolitics of Rare Earths

Sophia Kalantzakos


In 2010, because of a geopolitical incident between China and Japan, seventeen elements of the periodic table known as rare earths became notorious overnight. An “unofficial” and temporary embargo of rare-earth shipments to Japan alerted the world to China’s near monopoly position on the production and export of these indispensable elements for high-tech, defense, and renewable energy sources. A few months before the geopolitical confrontation, China had chosen to substantially cut export quotas of rare earths. Both events sent shockwaves across the markets, and rare-earth prices skyrocketed, ... More

Keywords: rare earths, resource competition, embargo, economic statecraft, renewables, monopoly, China, geopolitics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190670931
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190670931.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sophia Kalantzakos, author
Global Distinguished Professor in Environmental Studies and Public Policy, New York University