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China and the Geopolitics of Rare Earths$
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Sophia Kalantzakos

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190670931

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190670931.001.0001

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Rare Earths: Paradigms of Connection and Disruption

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China and the Geopolitics of Rare Earths

Sophia Kalantzakos

Oxford University Press

The case of rare earths provides an important window into a new set of international challenges. China, a major power on the rise, maintains its dominance over these crucial strategic materials showing its willingness to use its position to further its political and economic goals. Moreover, the case provides insight into the overall inability of China’s international competitors and rivals to effectively remedy this asymmetry, allowing China to maintain its critical advantage in high tech, renewables and defense applications.As elements, rare earths are enablers. As political instruments, they are increasingly turning into a catalyst in a new era of potentially fraught international relations.

Keywords:   China, strategic materials, power, rivals, renewables, high-tech applications, defense

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