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Unearthing China’s Rare Earths Strategy. CEPS Policy Brief No. 218/November 2010

Kefferputz, Roderick. (2010) Unearthing China’s Rare Earths Strategy. CEPS Policy Brief No. 218/November 2010. [Policy Paper]

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    Relations between China and the West have been difficult for some time. Recently, however, one issue in particular has made the headlines: rare earths. Vital for the production of low-carbon products such as hybrid cars and wind turbines, consumer goods and sensitive military hardware like cruise missiles and smart bombs, rare earths are indispensable for high-tech industries and emerging technologies. With China responsible for the production of almost 97% of these rare earth elements (REE), recent Chinese reductions in exports, coupled with increasing export taxes, are causing jitters not only in the markets but also politically. Roderick Kefferputz, Associate Research Fellow at CEPS, takes a look at China’s long march towards dominance of this all-important market and, ahead of the European Commission’s publication of its Raw Materials Strategy, considers options for the future.

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    Item Type: Policy Paper
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > External relations > international trade
    Countries > China
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > Centre for European Policy Studies (Brussels) > CEPS Policy Briefs
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2010
    Page Range: p. 5
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 18:39

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